If you are anything like us, you try to wake up every morning with a smile on our face and love in your heart. You try to greet people with a smile, you do your best to focus in on the good things in your life and you stay downright determined to make it the best day ever.
And then it happens.
Someone says the wrong thing. You get cut off in traffic. You receive the email you didn’t want to get or you don’t get the email you have been waiting for. You watch the news and no one holds the door and everyone seems to have a complaint about his or her respective lives.
But then, it happens again.
You are combing through social media trying to find some bright spots to get your day back on the right track, and you find it. Words or videos or simple pieces of life that remind you that life is beautiful and people are good, and if you just look in the right places, there are amazing things happening every day.
And more often than not, those are the moments that go viral.
That’s exactly what happened recently to a video shared by Facebook user Amanda Bowman Gray, who has a son, Bo, with Down syndrome.
“My daughter Lydia was watching Bo while I was in the shower,” she shared on Facebook on Jan. 15. “Came out to this. If she didn’t have a guitar I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go to. It’s proof that music therapy works. Bo is 25 months old and has a 12-word vocabulary. Every word he has learned has been through music and singing.”
Oh, our hearts.
The irresistible video quickly went viral and has been viewed millions of times, likely by the people who look for the bright spots in this crazy life we all lead. The response to the video seemed to shock Bo’s mom.
“We were told a while back that our lil’ caboose Bo would inspire and teach the world someday,” she said on Facebook Jan. 16 as the video was well on its way to going viral. “At that time I don’t think [my husband] Caleb and I could comprehend or even imagine it to this extent. He is a blessing. He has brought a sweet spirit into our home and a little piece of heaven. He has changed our lives and humbled us beyond measure. My older children, along with us, are changed forever because of him. All he knows is how to LOVE. Simply LOVE unconditionally. What more could parents ask for? To EVERYONE who has viewed, commented, shared and messaged us personally … THANK YOU. Thank you for seeing the beauty of this video as it [brings] awareness to Down syndrome but also that music therapy ROCKS!”
And in the late night hours of Jan. 17, Bo’s mother felt moved enough to share her feelings about how her kids have become quite the viral sensation.
“Wow. Simply wow,” she wrote. “Has this been a roller coaster ride or what?!? I don’t think our little household has stopped to take a breath since I posted the video on Monday. Caleb is in a web development coding school full-time from 9 to 5 every day while we are a here at the house dealing with all the excitement of Lydia and Bo going viral. We kind of just pass each other in the house with a kiss, hug and a smile knowing that all this will die down soon. It has been so extremely fun but also exhausting! Below is a video of Caleb decompressing with the baby boys after local KSL 5 News left, and Lydia‘s Timpanogas intermediate school media left. I’ve mentioned this before, but in this video you’ll see that all Bo wants to do is LOVE … Simply LOVE.”