Been there, done that, made the t-shirt.

For every “negative” trait associated with ADHD, there is a corresponding trait of awesomeness to celebrate during ADHD Awareness Week.  It is often the same with my son Clark’s “co-morbid” condition, Asperger’s Syndrome.

His positives come to mind quickly:  he is creative, passionate, and funny.  

Unfortunately, the negatives aren’t hard to remember either.  He is unfocused,/distracted, relentless, at times insensitive, and always impulsive.

The distractability can drive us to, well, distraction.  But we laugh about it.  One time our daughters Liz and Susanne made t-shirts for all of us to wear with Clark’s picture on it, captioned with “Huh?” and “What?”  Yep, that’s it, at the top of this post. Distracted.  Definitely. 

Click on over to {a mom’s view of ADHD} for the rest of Shut up, Clark!  But before you do, I have to share what happened on the Facebook page for {a mom’s view of ADHD} today, inspired by the theme of Shut up, Clark!  It makes me teary to even think about.  One of the readers praised the positive message, something I try to exemplify in my writing and my life, and we chatted about it briefly, then she asked permission to post a picture of her son and an explanation of why he was awesome.  Great idea!  So, since I have admin privileges on the page as one of the contributing authors, I posted a request that all the parents celebrate ADHD Awareness Week by posting a picture of their children with the tag, “My ADHD child is awesome because….”

Y’all.

Y’ALL.

The posts on this site are often pleas for help and empathy from overwhelmed parents.  Today, there is page after page after page of pictures of beautiful, happy, loved children, whose mothers (and dad’s too!) are focusing on how unique and wonderful they are.

Powerful.

Humbling.

Inspiring.

Pretty frickin' wonderful.

I am so honored that my Clark story sparked this beautiful movement.  Be sure and check it out on Facebook:  click here and just start scrolling down to see it.

Thanks, y’all!

Pamelot

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