Behavior that is inappropriate and annoying.
Case in point: When asked about wishes he shouted out, “I wish I could play video games all
day!” The teacher said he was looking for a laugh but she didn’t think it was funny. Me
either. I don’t want to tell her he was suspended in kindergarten. For those things. And others.
Face it, he can be difficult. Except when he isn’t. No diagnosis, no label. Please.
God knows he is intense. Like a rocket engine firing. Explosive. Always thinking. Out loud.
He has energy that kind of plows through places…stepping on whatever is
in the way, tripping on stuff like he’s just been shot in a western,
jumping up like he’s the last hope for the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. Yet I
know by the way he is looking at me that I am all that matters in the world. Not even
living on Saturn is better (he would say). His thoughts are faster than his mouth can say them.
‘Mom’and ‘why’ are his favorite words, he wants glow-in-the dark fish for his birthday and
needs to hold my hand so I don’t get lost--he smiles. In those moments he shines--
orienting me with the truth of who he is in case I forget when he is slamming doors, crying.
Probably, he is my compass. With him I have to know where to look, to really see, to not be misled.
Quick textbook fixes are tricky because they pretend to be answers. Answers,
real ones, are not quick. I am sewing with a new pattern. Repairing seams ripped by negativity.
Steadily threading the needle with intuition and love. Focused on getting the pieces together.
Total centeredness in NOW is my gift. When he rages I stay out of the past or future where I
unravel with worry about raising him right. His teacher says he seems always on the
verge of tears but I know that is his beautiful sensitivity, the part of him that is so
wonderful. She says, “Any light you can shed would be really appreciated.” There is no
x-ray to expose love. X-rays are negatives.
You must look at him in the white spaces. Or you’ll miss seeing him completely.
Zero in, I want to tell her, all the light is being shed by him. You just have to know how to look.