Children’s capacity to love and accept everyone, in ways that adults sometimes forget, is surprising and humbling.
One little girl, only seven years old, who decided to learn sign language to be able to converse with deaf children has performed a whole song with her new skill.
Jessica Deegan wanted to be inclusive in a new talent show competition as part of her school in West Lothian, Scotland.
Jessica, who is not deaf and has been learning sign at school, performed uplifting song This is Me from the hit musical The Greatest Showman.
And she moved the audience and judges to tears so much that she ended up winning the competition.
Proud dad Michael Deegan, 28, posted the clip of his daughter on Twitter and received more than 1,700 retweets and 14,000 likes.
(Picture: Michael Deegan /SWNS)‘Jessica likes to play with everybody and include others in the group – it shows everyone how much of a caring child she is,’ he said.
‘She cares for everyone and wanted to involve something that includes other people and lets others enjoy something different.
Jessica (right) with her dad Michael and her brother Kobin (Picture:: Michael Deegan /SWNS)‘She had been practising for a couple of weeks before she had to put her entry in.
‘She was really confident with no nerves and looked forward to it.
‘The family that went along knew what was happening but apart from that no one else knew.
‘Everyone was getting drawn into it and emotionally attached to it – the place went silent.
‘She only had a minute and a half then everybody jumped up in a roar.
‘One of the judges said it brought tears to their eyes while watching it. She’s had a lot of support and messages since.
(Picture:: Michael Deegan /SWNS)Michael, a customer resolution analyst, hopes Jessica will continue to learn sign language, which he believes could benefit her further down the line.
He said: ‘I’m hoping she does keep it up, she’s enjoying it and I’m hoping the school continue to offer it.
‘But if they don’t then I will speak to her and if she wants to continue it I will try and find her a tutor.
‘I know myself it would be something very useful for her going into a working environment.’
Michael said the response from family, friends and online has been ‘overwhelming’.
We wonder what other songs Jessica will cover next.
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