For most of us, a dance is a fun way to spend a Friday or Saturday night. But let’s be honest. They are soon forgotten as we move on to the next fun event.
But that’s not the case for people who take part in programs provided by Able to Serve and other human service organizations which cater to those with special needs.
Indeed, for those folks it can be among the highlights of the year. People with special needs may have challenges greater than most of us, but that hardly means they want fewer experiences or less fun in their lives than their “normal” counterparts.
The fun of something as simple as a dance was clearly broadcast on the faces of people who attended the recent Valentine’s Dance put on by Able to Serve and hosted by Holland’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
The smiles were as broad as any we’ve seen after a championship victory or a local high school graduation. The people at that dance were as intent on having a good time as any college student embarking on spring break or any father walking his daughter down the aisle.
For far too many of us, though, the challenges faced by people with special needs are way off our radar. Thank goodness there are agencies like Able to Serve, which provides that much-needed sense of normalcy for those it serves.
The lesson we should all take away from this month’s Valentine’s dance is that everyone – everyone – wants to participate fully in life. And we all should share, in some small way, the responsibility for making that happen.