I work in Social Sciences.
One of the studies I have been working on is all about childhood behavioral inhibitions. I test 3 to 5 year old children in their daycare environments so I travel all over the USA to reach my study subjects.
At work last week I had gone to the classroom and picked up the most adorable little girl. She had on a teeshirt that read *Anything Pink will do* and tiny one inch braids all tied with multi-colored ribbons. Her face was round and open and I soon found that she loved to giggle.
My testing area consists of a small table, my laptop, blocks, stickers, easels with pictures and little people chairs. I even sit in a little person’s chair. It’s great for the lower back. Midway through the assessment a look of urgency crosses her face and she slides off of her chair and stands up. “I’ll be back innna minute!”
“Wait!” I catch her arm, “Where are you going?”
“I have to go cha-cha now!” she shouts.
Cha-cha? “Do you mean you have to go to the bathroom?” I ask.
“No! I have to cha-cha!”
So I take her hand and we run back to her classroom.
The minute we enter she zooms off. I locate her teacher to let her know I’ve returned the child and I tell her “She said she had to cha-cha. I’m not sure if that’s code for bathroom, or not, but I thought you should check with her.” This makes the teacher grin and she puts her hand on my shoulder and turns me so I can see where she’s pointing. She smiles and says “She must have heard them start the music.”
There in a corner of the room are six little girls. They have a boombox and it is playing a children’s song and the words being sung are the steps for….the Cha Cha! I watched them twirl and jump and bounce and laugh. It was magical.
I turned to the teacher and told her I’d come back for the little girl in about an hour. Til then she could Cha Cha to her heart’s content.
How refreshing to know that Cha Cha just means Cha Cha and that in this world there is an honesty that still prevails through the eyes and ears of a child in a world of cynical grown-ups.
Next time someone tells me that things aren’t always what they seem to be I’m going to remember this day and I’m going to dance a little Cha Cha.