Saturday, April 6, 2013

For Sam

Trifextra:  Week 62:  We want you to give us thirty-three words of advice.  Your advice can be to anyone or about anything.  We only ask that you make it uniquely yours.  




Love your differences; embrace that which sets you apart from the rest.  Stay true to yourself and don't ever give up the things you love because they’re not “cool”.

Love yourself.  Be awesome.




This is for my nine-year old son, Sam.  Sam was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in kindergarten and the past five years have been challenging, not just for him, but for his teachers, my husband and me.  I know he's the "weird" kid in his class, but what sets him apart is also what makes him amazing.  He is brilliant (No, seriously, he tested at the "brilliant" level.  Okay, I made that up, but he tests very high--in third grade he tested at an eleventh grade reading level.) and creative and imaginative and while his energy can make him absolutely exhausting to deal with, I wouldn't change anything about him.  He writes stories that are smart and funny and intriguing, each illustrated with beautifully detailed drawings.  Sam is going to do incredible things someday.  We just need to get him through the oh-so-fun school years first.  Once he gets through the torturous years of school where anything that makes you different also makes you a pariah, he is going to blossom into something so spectacular the world won't know what hit it.


/end mushy mommy moment.


Someone please pass me a tissue.  My uh, allergies, are acting up.  *sniffle*


12 comments:

  1. The smartest kids often have the hardest time in school. Our school systems really aren't made for supporting learning, they're made to train people to work. You go on with your good self, Sam!
    I only advise adults to go on with their bad self. ;-)

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  2. Sounds like a really cool kid! One day we'll all be weird and that will become the new norm...

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  3. I'm a retired teacher and people get so caught up in the straight A star student mentality. We all bring something to the table with our gifts and handicaps. For ADHD to be so prevalent,there has to be a societal advantage somewhere.

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  4. Aw, such lovely advice — and such a lovely story to go with it. Kudos to you for embracing everything that makes your son the uniquely awesome person he is! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Lovely tribute from a mum to her son, woven nicely. You aren't fooling me...about the tissues.
    Way to go Sam!
    Way to go Mum!

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  6. Mushy mommy moment ftw

    Being weird is awesome. I love being weird. I was one of the weird, smart ones in class too. All those kids that make fun of your son? They'll be wishing they had been his friend once he grows up and shows what he can do!

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  7. Children are great like that, right? They always surprise you, even when faced with adversity like school bullies. Embrace the weird!

    Thanks for linking up!

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  8. Some great advice. Reminded me of John Green's catchphrase: Don't forget to be awesome!

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  9. Sam got SO lucky to have you as his Mom, that's why I have NO doubt he's gonna be AWESOME!!

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  10. This is great! I hope Sam finds his way through the tough school-age years.

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  11. As one of the weird kids (or at least that's how I felt), I have found that the things that I struggled with - and still do at times - are the things that bring me some of the most joy in my life. Isn't that always the way? It is! I promise. Loved the advice and the story where you let us in and introduced us to Sam :). Lucky Sam. Lucky Mom.

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