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Zebra Stripes for ADHD
A monthly newsletter of stories tips and news for those concerned with ADHD, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, No. 32
Sarah Jane Keyser : ADHD Coach
ADHD Gifts for Joey
Koko came galloping down the path from school, "Mama Giraffe, have you seen Joey?" "No, Koko, I haven't. Have you lost him again?" "He isn't at football practice, and Sammy is missing too. I'm afraid they've both gone to eat more of that weed. What can we do to keep him here?" "That boy needs a good walloping," said Joey's Grandpa who was grazing near by. "I don't know, " said Koko, "I think he's sad inside because he doesn't have stripes." "I think you are right, Koko," said Mama Giraffe. "But you know he does have stripes; stripes of a different color, and we need to help him see his stripes." "You think he has stripes?? But he's all white except for his legs." "Do you remember when he saved you from the hyena?" ADHD to the Rescue "Of course I do, how could I forget." "We gave him a stripe for courage then, but he has more stripes. Let's talk some more," said Mama Giraffe and she returned to her main task of nibbling acacia leaves from her favorite tree. Christmas morning dawned bright and clear. An acacia tree had been decorated with brightly colored garlands. Most everybody was there. "Where's Joey?" Chip asked Chap, the monkey friends. "Don't know." Chap replied to Chip. "He's over there in the woods. He's hiding." Joey was back in the shadows of the big trees with EEyore, the mustang who was the only one who could run as fast as Joey, and Sammy beside him to be sure he didn't run off. Thomas Tortoise, the Organizer, a red hat perched jauntily on his little head, came down the road pulling a cart loaded with gaily colored packages. Everybody cheered and shouted "Hooray, for Thomas". "Thank you, thank you dear friends on this wondrous festive occasion, I thank you for inviting me to join you. Today I have the honor of delivering this cornucopia of excellent gifts for each and everyone of you," pronounced Thomas in his best oratorical manner. Joey back in the shadows tried to back away, he was sure there would be nothing more than a few coals for him. EEyore moved to stop his retreat. Thomas started to call out names and hand over small packages, followed by squeals of delight. One by one they received their gifts. The pile in the cart got smaller and smaller until there was only one left, the biggest by far. "And now, dear friends, gather round," everyone went very quiet. "This last most magnificent gift from all of you is for Joey," everyone cheered, "Jo-ey, Jo-ey, Jo-ey." Joey blushed pink to the tips of his ears and tail while Sammy and EEyore pushed him forward. "Hurry, Joey, open it up." He tore away the paper to reveal a black and white blanket. Chip and Chap jumped forward to help put the blanket with proper zebra stripes on Joey. Each stripe had a word inscribed on it. "Look , Joey, this stripe says COURAGE," Koko read, "that's for when you saved me from the hyena." "This one says EMPATHY," said EEyore, "for the way you understood my ear problem." Joey meets Eeyore, a Mustang with a difference "This one says HUMOR," said Chip and Chap together, "because you always see the funny side of life, except for yourself" "This one says CREATIVE," said Miss Zebrette, "for your original and interesting reports even when they are late." "And here it says PERSISTENT," said Sammy, "because you keep fighting against all the odds until we win our football games." Then Thomas pushed forward a small bug so that he could be heard, "Here it says CURIOUS because you want to know everything that goes on in our bug world." Joey was all confused. "I.. I.. I don't know what to say. I know I get lots of things wrong. I..I.. I don't mean to, you know. I..I.." "C'mon Joey. We love you just the way you are." "Ta ran ta rah, ta, ta," Mr. Rumbo, the elephant, sounded his trumpet, "Let the festivites begin!"
Black thoughts often swirl around in ADHD heads. They need to be told and reminded and reminded again of their positive qualities.
For Christmas, look at yourself or those with ADHD around you and let them know how much you appreciate their special traits.
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