An impromptu dinner and all the kids came. Isaiah and his wife, Courtney, Andrew and his fiancée, Emma, Joe and _________________(send SWOT/qualifications to @jodiehav). 😜Two hours in, tummy’s full and conversation flowing—I am in heaven...impressed that they continue to sit; that they humor Matt and I, listening to the same stories & laughing at 5-times-told jokes. Andrew has been up twice and is antsy. He said he can’t sit much longer....but he did—-Another. Long. Hour. That’s 5 star sittability. So, yeah, there’s meaning here in this picture, to me and to all the mom’s and dad’s who have kids that fidget and bounce; that create nail guns out of pens and electric shock machines with a flashlight and a battery; that manipulate objects into things that they understand fully in their mind but might not be able to explain in layman’s terms to the ones watching, judging...or even the ones willing and wanting to listen and understand. . Andrew was officially diagnosed ADHD at 10, and at 23 has mastered the art of harnessing it’s creative energy. This first photo depicts his saving grace for dinner hour 3. Being able to twist, bend, poke and balance whatever he can find in arms reach is the thing that kept him at the table.
So to those with a “break it and see what you can make it” kind of kid.... step back and take a deep breath—then thank God for this kid that can make something out of nothing. Who can’t stay still or stop his mind... who finds treasure in someone else’s trash, who asks for tools for every birthday and Christmas, who asks if there’s anything you need fixed or figured out. He’s the kid who built an oven for a carbon fiber project because the warehouse he worked at didn’t have one, and who is killing it in his job at a (reverse) engineering firm. And your kid that constantly drums a beat, bounces a ball off the wall in bed, and creates paper-clip-soda-can-art??Give him sticks, a ball, paper clips and soda cans and then sit back and watch him (or her) change the world. #adhdstories #acanandapaperclip #3hourdinner #mindgames #dontknowitdontjudgeit #lookma! #busyboybruce @ahaverdink