Let me preface what follows with two key points:
1. If a child does something interesting once, it’s only interesting. If they do it consistently, then you’ve got something to worry about.
2. My taste in music sucks… as in I have no taste in music.
Having a child in and of itself is full of surprises. Despite expecting unexpected moments, I have noticed an unusual behavior in child that isn’t mentioned in What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The First Year. During playtime, we listen to the radio. The station we listen to is lite-fm because the music is appropriate for the playroom, it isn’t music without words (that would put me to sleep), and I simply don’t know any better.
One afternoon, I noticed my son shaking his bum as if he was dancing. I started clapping and smiling and encouraging the behavior. I made a mental note to mention to my grandmother that the song he was dancing to was by the Bee Gees. Oddly enough, my grandmother loves (LOVES) the Bee Gees. And who hasn’t danced to Staying Alive? Weddings, school dances, morning showers.
A few days later my son started shaking his bum and dancing again. I started clapping and smiling and encouraging the behavior when I noticed something odd.
It was the Bee Gees again.
I stopped clapping and smiling and encouraging the behavior. Was it coincidence that on the two occasions when I observed my son dancing and responding directly to music that it was the Bee Gees? It was, after all, the same song.
A week or two later it happened again and this time it was a little different. My husband was cooking dinner in the kitchen while my son and I were playing in the living room. Instead of television in the living room, we listen to the radio for entertainment. I had just picked my son up off the floor when he started kicking his legs and wiggling playfully. Yet again, the Bee Gees were to blame. This time it was a different song and it was slow.
To spare you from listening to further example of this strange behavior, let me just say that each and every time we have heard the Bee Gees (now 6 or 7 times over the past few weeks) my son has reacted with dancing. To date, he has yet to respond to any other artists.
Because of my taste in music (or lack thereof), I wonder if my son gets his Bee Gees from my husband.