It can be tough to raise siblings, particularly if they don’t get along. If they’re close in age, it can make for some epic fights; if the age difference is vast, they might not relate to each other, or hang out, at all. Amanda Bowman Gray and Caleb Gray have five children but it’s the relationship between their only daughter, Lydia, and their youngest son, Bo, that is so special. In fact, they even have their own theme song: “You Are My Sunshine.”
Amanda posted a video of the two on Facebook, and you know when parents brag about their children, saying they’re absolute angels? Well, Amanda didn’t do that — but she could have. Because the only things missing were harps and halos above their heads.
How ya doing? You OK? Go grab tissues, it’s fine, we get it. Because the way Lydia pauses to prompt Bo to finish a line turned us into puddles too.
Naturally, both Amanda and Caleb are musicians, and they, along with Lydia and their other kids, use music therapy to help boost Bo’s vocabulary and “You Are My Sunshine” is the go-to.
Bo, who has Down syndrome, had to undergo heart surgery in 2016, but things were going “downhill really fast.” Enter the music.
“After weeks and weeks (which ended up in months) of being in the hospital in a silent room of the CICU we got special permission to bring a guitar in and sing to him in hopes that it would comfort him,” Gray wrote in another post.
A separate video showed Amanda and Caleb singing the song to Bo as he lay in a hospital bed, the song they had been singing to him every night for a month leading up to his surgery. Their “little miracle” reacted to their voices, survived the scares, fought back, and is now thriving. Proof of just how powerful music therapy and love — especially sibling love — can be. Sigh.