ADHD Oompah, Part One
A salute to sanity!
I wrote this song for my husband, Joel, and daughter, Jessica. It was actually a Valentine’s gift a few years ago. We had survived our first year of knowing I had ADHD which was why we were…..uh, let’s just say, when it came to communicating with each other we were “having troubles,” as Jessica use to say when she was a wee person. (Not Wii, wee)
In fact, the first verse is written from my daughters perspective and the second verse is written from my husband’s perspective. Dealing with ADHD is difficult. Living family life with a member with ADHD really can be very difficult. Yet, sometimes it can provide a family with some wacky or fun moments too! Seriously, the spectrum is that wide of a range!
Now, you can’t ignore the challenges that come with ADHD but you also don’t have to sit and stew in them, either, singing your woes. There are two things I strongly recommend, instead:
- First, celebrate the colorful dynamics that come with ADHD. Kind of like a magnifying glass, ADHD magnifies not just the challenges but beautifully magnifies the gifts that each person has been blessed with. Focusing on these things helps you remember you are valuable and you bring something special to the world.
- Second, you just gotta laugh at some of the silly predicaments you get yourself and/or your family into. One example of that is this dilemma that happened twice! I have one of those Betty Crocker Cookbooks that everyone seems to get when they get married. Well, mine is no longer a cook book but a “cooked book”! Twice I have managed to lay the book down on the stove and then accidentally turn on the wrong burner. Yep, the back of that book has been nicely branded with that unique spiral that can only come from an electric burner. (Good thing it didn’t happen when we had a gas burner, eh?!)
I can’t help but smile whenever I interact with that book!
(Stay tuned for part deux coming soon to a website near you!)
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So, what’s your story? Do you deal with ADHD challenges? Do you also “cook” your cook books?
Add to the conversation. We’ll be glad you did.
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