Here is a poem by a woman named Tracey Nicolas that I wanted to share with my readers. It is looking at the positives in children with ADHD although it could really be about any child. I have this hung by my front door so every morning when I get frustrated with the complications of ADHD behaviours I can stop, take a deep breath and read it to remind myself there is another side to it.
He's bounching off the walls, a superball gone insane.
He runs through your world like an off-rail freight train.
Interruptions are constant, tantrums galore.
When it's time to do homework he's gone out the door.
The drama is constant, oh his foot fell asleep.
he moans and he wails, the theatrics run deep.
School is a nightmare, the teachers are lost.
If only they could see, he's worth the cost.
he's brighter than most, as most these kids are,
and with patience and love , I know he'll go far.
But the crap I must take from "well meaning friends"
"Don't let him do that!" "Oh these rules that he bends."
"Your not a good parent" "Your child's really rude"
"His temper's outrageous, "he has hands in his food"
he hears this and wonders ""just what is wrong with me?'
I tell him "Your special, you have A.D.H.D"
"Now A.D.H.D is a gift from above,"
"it teaches us grown-ups how to strengthen our love"
"It helps teach your teachers, no two kids are the same."
"You have awesome energy that could bring you great fame"
"You don't need much sleep, you never wear down."
"You're silly and funny and act like a clown."
"You have felt lots of painmfrom what peolpe have said,
But you pray for those people when you go to bed."
"So you try every day to make a fresh start."
"For God gifted you with an extra big heart."
As I look at my child, he see's through my sole,
My heart feels like bursting, as I realize my goal.
I know this young boy like no one else could,
He's a blessing to me, he's strong and he's good.
So I'll love him and guide him through the worst of the worst,
And he'll makea great man (if I don't kill him first).
I'm kidding of course, cause I know what's to be,
When I look in his eyes I see a reflection of me.
Until next time