Taking care of children with special needs can be a very daunting task for many parents, but instead of getting stressed. this father found that the best way to stay positive is to forget about the list of tasks for the day, take a deep breath, and rap.
Eight-year-old Jared Correia was born with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, and many other medical conditions as a result of a stroke in the womb. According to The Huffington Post, although Jared is unable to stand, walk, see, or talk, his parents say that he is the true definition of courage.
Inspired by his son’s ordeals, proud father Jayce Correia wrote a song for Jared. He films himself rapping the lyrics to his son, and the video shows the eight-year-old nodding and smiling. Although Jared may not be able to express how he feels, he understands what his dad is trying to tell him.
Jayce told Huffington Post that this video was the first time Jared heard him perform this song and he immediately loved it. He said:
He was a little tired that morning, but as soon as the music came on, and I started singing to him, he perked right up. He might not be able to see or comprehend much, but boy can he hear and feel a rhythm!
Correia then added:
Anyone who is part of a special needs family knows the struggles and the blessings that come with it. I know as a parent the frustrations that come with it. I want people to know that they are not alone. That those feelings of frustration are normal. We are only human. Life is not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can be hit and keep on going.
Certainly, Jared wasn’t the only one who loved the song, the video reached half a million shares on Facebook and Jared’s parents received countless emails and supporting comments from people around the world, who also shared photos of their own children with special needs.
After watching this video, I believe there are a few lines from Jayce’s rap that sums up our feelings: “The height of your strength as tall as a tower. Next to you, I feel like a coward.” I think anyone would feel like a coward next to Jared.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHAz1bCyQfU&w=560&h=315]
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