In May, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with a visit from Timothy Shriver. Morgan and I were very honored to be present. We entered the Wyatt Center Rotunda, planning to locate a seat in the back, near an exit. You never know when “Elvis” will be ready to leave the building. 😉 However, as friends of VKC, we were directed to reserved seats in the first three rows. We chose the third row and were welcomed by some familiar faces. So far so good. I sent up a prayer and breathed a deep breath.
I showed Morgan the schedule listed on the program, but when she saw the stage, she immediately assumed there would be a Play with music and dancing. She replied “Let’s Put On a Show!” I told her people would be talking, then there would be treats afterward, and maybe we could arrange a dance later. As the crowd hushed, and the program began, something wonderfully unexpected happened. She looked at me, folded her hands, and placed them in her lap. At this point, I had to fight my urge to get up and do my own Happy Dance! 😉
We loved hearing Timothy Shriver speak. He truly understands the gifts individuals with disAbilities have to offer. His book, Fully Alive, is about his search for what matters most, and the role his Aunt Rosemary played in leading the Kennedy family. Things did get a little tense for me at the beginning of his talk, when he referred to the saying “Dance like nobody’s watching”. I was concerned, if he didn’t move on to another topic quickly, Morgan might accept his invitation. 😉
Thankfully all went well. Later in the program, when she needed to create her own entertainment, Morgan quietly pulled out her IPad. With the help of friends, and a couple of chocolate chip cookies, we were even able to stay for a signed copy of the book.
Thank you VKC for a sweet day! Whenever we take a little leap of faith together, and Morgan shows me she can handle a new adventure, my heart Dances like David!
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!
Tammy and Morgan Vice
P.S. Morgan’s book, 52 Blue Mondays, is now available on Amazon.com and other book outlets.