Connected \\ July 22, 2016
The internet loves a good cheeky-kid video: Toddlers imitating the pet dog, biting Charlie’s finger, or showing us how to really “Nae Nae.”
I myself have spent an embarrassing amount of time watching babies lick lemons! But Laura Range’s video of her two-year-old daughter mimicking the movements of one of the dancers in PEM’s Rodin exhibition three weeks ago – that quickly went viral with over 70K views and counting, and remained on Boston Magazine’s most popular article list for over a week — has a story that goes deeper than you’d ever guess.
Though not mentioned in Range’s original Facebook post, her daughter Callia had been working with an occupational therapist since being diagnosed with gross motor delay last year. Her enthusiasm to engage with the Rodin dancer in this playful back-and-forth wasn’t just cute antics, it was Callia showing real progress from a year’s worth of practice, and a moment of triumph for a proud mother, captured in the midst of emotion on cameraphone.