Ok, so this is what ADHD looks like in our house today. My 11 year old (adhd) comes home from school with a random kid I have never met (or even heard of) before. They proceed to kind of "collect" kids from around the neighborhood to go to the store to buy ingredients for salsa. They come home and I am making dinner so I tell him they can't make salsa in the kitchen right now. Later as I am putting the little kids to bed I see a huge tarp on the floor in his bedroom with salsa ingredients all over the place (on the floor!), in various stages of being cut up cut up (onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) There is also salt all over the place. Mind you, only some of the ingredients are cut up, others are randomly on the floor in one piece. I yell "What is the deal in your room?!" and the repsonse is "Oh yeah, I forgot we were making salsa; we only got halfway done."
My non-ADHD mind wonders the following:
1. Who is this random kid and why do you need 5 kids to go buy salsa ingredients?
2. What makes you think it is OK to make salsa in your bedroom?
3. How can you "forget" you were making salsa?
4. WHY are you making salsa when you don't even like it?
His mind is so active, it wears me out. He starts things and never finishes, he forgets what he was doing and what he was talking about, he has friends I have never heard of and seems surprised I don't know who they are, he gets random ideas in his mind and doesn't think through the consequences of his actions.
He has friends of all makes and models, he thinks outside the box, he is never boring, he is full of energy - both physical and mental, if there is an obstacle in his way, he will find a way around it, nothing is "too hard" if he really wants to do it.
Some people think ADHD is a gift. I agree.
Thoughts on Newtown
5 years ago