This was sent to me in an email. I do not know where it originated from – nor can I give credit where credit is due. This is an older post in my blog – and so crediting sources wasn’t such an important thing to do at the time. I decided to leave it with this disclaimer that the work is not mine – in order to share it with a new batch of mothers.
If you have been secretly wondering what is wrong with me, I now have the
Recently, I was diagnosed with C. A. A. D. D. (Child Activated Attention
This is how it manifests:
I decide to do the laundry. As I start toward the basement, I notice that
there are cheerios all over the floor and my car keys are in the cereal bowl
I decide to pick up the cheerios before I do the laundry. I lay my car keys
down on the counter, put the cheerios in the trash can under the counter,
and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decide to take out the trash.
But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the
trash I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table,
and see that there is only one check left, my extra checks are in my desk in
the office/playroom, so I go to my desk where I find a sippy cup full of
juice. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I decide I should put the
sippy cup in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the sippy cup a vase of flowers on the
counter catches my eye – they need to be watered. I set the sippy cup on the
counter, and I discover baby wipes that I’ve been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back in the bathroom, but first I’m going to
water the flowers.
I set the wipes back down and splash some water on the flowers, but most of
it spills on the floor. So, I get some paper towels and wipe up the spill.
Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day: the laundry isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid,
there is a warm cup of juice sitting on the counter, the flowers aren’t
watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can’t find the
wipes, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled
because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it,
but first I’ll check my e-mail.
Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message, because I don’t remember to
whom it has been sent.
Don’t laugh – if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming.