Written by W&R Founder and Programme Director, Kirsty Savides
October is Wriggle and Rhyme’s birthday month. We’re turning 12 … can you believe it?
When I ran the very first Wriggle and Rhyme class from my lounge in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, I never imagined that it would be where it is today.
We currently have a thriving team of branches running baby and toddler classes in MELKBOSSTRAND, RONDEBOSCH, CLAREMONT, MEADOWRIDGE, FISH HOEK and SOMERSET WEST.
We also have a team of pre-school teachers offering our pre-school programme to hundreds of children across the Southern Suburbs and South Peninsula of Cape Town.
Our 12th birthday gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect with gratitude!
Usually, when there’s a birthday … there’s a celebration, often a cake or some special snacks and usually we SING to the birthday boy / girl!
This got me thinking, why do we SING at birthdays?
If you think about it, we usually only spontaneously sing together at a gathering of some kind – whether it’s a wedding, a funeral, a church meeting, sports match etc. Often the singing is there to demonstrate the unity of our purpose as a group. I know that seems a bit deep for a birthday party, but I think there’s something to it.
Singing demonstrates to the birthday boy / girl that we are deeply united in our purpose to celebrate with them. So much so, that we sing!
A more recent example of the unity that comes from singing and dancing, is the VIRAL moment that we’re all enjoying from the JERUSALEMA song.
I’m sure there must be deeper cultural or anthropological meanings that I could dig up, as to how singing in groups came about.
(Here’s an interesting link if you’d like to know more – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Birthday_to_You
But for now, I just LOVE that we sing at birthday parties.
Singing is such a joyful and visible expression of the ties that bind us!
So, I hope that lots of our Wriggle and Rhyme family will sing happy birthday to us this month. If, for no other reason, than WE LOVE TO HEAR YOU SING!
For more info on joining our musical adventure, click here: http://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za