ADT Participants Give Thanks Through Music and Poetry at Fall Festival
Adult Day Training (ADT) participants at Ann Storck Center are accustomed to flexing their creative muscles. Every performance put on at ADT is fueled by a brainstorm session among participants, and this year's ADT Fall Harvest Celebration was no different. ASC's music therapist BriAnne Weaver is the person who has brought these ideas to fruition for 11 years.
"I ask the individuals what they would like to do, and then I figure out a way to do just that," Weaver explained. "All of the ideas are always theirs."
For this year's performance, Linda wanted to write a poem and Mindy wanted everyone to share what they're thankful for. Weaver suggested a poem in which everyone gives thanks. The result is "We Are Thankful: A Collaborative Poem," which was read aloud to friends and family in attendance.
We are thankful for the people that are in our lives Those we see everyday and those we don’t We are thankful for the turkey we eat and the people we meet We are thankful for our families and the people we love We are thankful for our mothers, our brothers, our fathers, and our sisters We are thankful for the turkey we eat and the people we meet We are thankful for being able to deal with hard times We are thankful for our pets and the people who love us We are thankful for the turkey we eat and the people we meet We are thankful for sitting outside in the sunshine We are thankful for rain showers and rainbows We are thankful for the turkey we eat and the people we meet We are thankful for the people who take care of us For the people at ADT and for all the friends we make at the Ann Storck Center We are thankful for the turkey we eat and the people we meet We are thankful for being able to work with people we love We are thankful for good times and bad times, for life, and for happiness We are thankful for the turkey we eat and the people we meet
Written with input from: BriAnne, Catherine, Ernest, Lennie, Linda C, Maria, Mindy, Muhammad, Pablo, & Yasmine
The group also put their spin on a song titled Take Your Spade by Sara Watkins. The lyrics were rewritten by ADT participants Linda C. and Yasmine.
Sun is up; A new day is before you
Sun is up; Wake your sleepy soul
Sun is up; Hold on to what is yours
Lift up your voice and give thanks Open your heart; Leave yesterday behind you
Open your heart; But forget not where you've been
Open your heart; Forgive and be forgiven Lift up your voice and give thanks Give thanks; For all that you've been given
Give thanks; For who you can become Give thanks; For each moment and each promise
Lift up your voice and give thanks Give thanks
Friends and family smiled and swayed as their loved ones sang songs and expressed their thanks. Along with the musical performance and poetry recitation, family and friends enjoyed a slideshow and shared food and drinks.
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