Queen of the Distracted

Imagine life in a house with 6 kids - now imagine if 5 of those kids and their father have ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) - that is our house! Welcome to an inside view of my life and our home dominated by ADHD... THERE IS NEVER A DULL MOMENT!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls!

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!"

Those were our oldest daughter Rachel's first words, from the time she was a toddler she would belt them out proudly standing on the arm of the couch. At the time we had no idea what ADHD was or that it would play such a central roll in our lives.

Since then we have learned a lot, not the least of which is how many individuals and families suffer in silence. We have experienced first hand how misunderstood and misrepresented a disorder can be.

As a family we decided to take action - to risk embarrassment and labeling to get this important message out to the world. Come join our family, share in our lives, and see ADD/ADHD as we see it...
A gift with a heavy price tag.

WELCOME to life in the ADD/ADHD House!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

More Mariah's Life Lessons: More Rules to Live By

Everyone has to come up with ways their own ways to cope with the frustration of life.  Those ways become especially important when your juggling a few extra items like a hefty dose ADHD, anxiety, auditory defensiveness, an obsessive nature, and some seriously lagging social skills mixed with a tiny bit of paranoia.  Mariah has come up with a brilliant way to cope through what she calls her Life Lessons.  Bits of wisdom she has learned, sometimes the hard way, as she lives with ADHD.

When we left off with Mariah's Life Lessons: Rules to Live By we were at #24

Life Lesson #24 it is considered socially unacceptable to throw a bowl at someone's head in public.

Life Lesson #25 most people who work in "customer service" or "counseling" don't really have any desire to help you.

Life Lesson #26 WHY PUNISH THE PETS? Some people name animals stupid things. Personally, I believe this is a manifestation of failure or a form of overcompensation for the lack of happiness and success in their lives...... these people are also known to eat frozen dinners often and watch reruns of Rent.

Life Lesson #27 Sometimes you got to know when to shut up.

Life Lesson #28 never, and I mean NEVER, give sprinkles to squirrels. Eventually you will run out and they will NOT be happy.

Life Lesson #29 some things are timeless, like glow-in-the-dark stars.

Life Lesson #30 there are many luxuries of modern life that we don't appreciate until we no longer have access to them.... like propane (i.e. stove, hot water, heater, etc.)

Life Lesson #31 the little things in life can be so important... for instance, lets be honest, we all love the Super Bowl but, the best part is the commercials.

Life Lesson #32 Cigarettes are like squirrels. They are perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and light them on fire.

Life Lesson #33 some people can just make your whole day better, no matter how bad your day was. Sometimes all you need is a good chat with a great friend.

Life Lesson #34 if you love someone you should never intentionally hurt them. If you do and they love you anyways.... maybe you should listen to them and try to show them you love them back.

Life Lesson #35 unconditional love is an interesting concept. Many people seek to find it, but not many seek to give it. We all want mercy, patience, and compassion but when it comes to the trespasses of others we seek justice, retribution, and reverse.Why is this? I like to think it's because we're all children, as silly as their may sound, it's true. Everyone will eventually know the pain of a broken heart, feel the weight of a heavy burden, and the loss of someone dear. No matter how old you are, how much pain and suffering you have experienced, or what you wish to one day achieve we all desire one thing.... unconditional love; that is, safety and refuge in the arms of another, regardless of the circumstances.... it is the greatest gift that can be given or received. It is worth all the heartache and sleepless nights. When you can give someone a safe place to fall, when they know you will love them regardless of what they do. And though it if not often the case, when that gift is returned it is more valuable than anything in the world. It is what makes life beautiful, regardless of the pain. It is beauty, it is strength, it is unconditional love.

Life Lesson #36 Dogs will be dogs.

Life Lesson #37 don't honeymoon in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Life Lesson #38 remember, you never have all the facts.

Life Lesson #39 never ask a Mormon to make you coffee.

Life Lesson #40 stupid people will say stupid things, don't waste your time they're not worth it.

Life Lesson #41 bedbugs are the vampires of the insect world.

Life Lesson #42 its important to remember this when things get hard, buy even more important when they are not. Good moments are fleeting, savor them.

Life Lesson #43 doubt is self- fulfilling.

Life Lesson #44 sometimes.... life just sucks and you need to cry yourself to sleep to make it better.

Life Lesson #45 sometimes all you need is for some strange lady to sing Shawn Mullins to you and then... everything will be alright.

Life Lesson #46- middle of the night calls from people you love are the best way to make everything better :) love you ♥ thanks

Life Lesson #47 apparently some people really do eat salad at 1:00 am.

Life Lesson #48 say a funny word with a straight face, it will undoubtedly make you smile. (ex. ambrosia, kumquat, Kalamazoo, shenanigans, etc., etc., etc.) Try it some time.

Life Lesson #49 it's a small world. When you haven't seen your cousin in years and the first time you meet again she's measuring you for a bra.

Life Lesson #50 wearing superhero underpants does not make you a superhero.

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