GOOD MORNING, GOD
What am I doing buying a book about a boy with a faster brain when I am an 83 year old woman? Perhaps I don’t have ADD — anymore than anyone born in this culture does. But, I do tend to have a fast brain and I am very easily distracted.
My cultural influence: I was born just a year after Superman! I would listen avidly to the stories where one of the key values was speed. So I grew up with “faster than a speeding bullet” as my guide. Sigh. It has taken me decades to realize that You, God are the Creator of Time — and my job is to use it wisely.
Peter Shankman is writing in this book about how to to reframe this particular quality into a gift. He tells about how he was sent home from school every day with a note. . . every day . . . and often sent to the Principal. He loved cracking jokes and making his classmates laugh. But, his teachers found it disruptive! So, he really wants to help kids with ADD or ADHD or any nonneuroqtypical kid have a positive view of themselves. And more importantly, he wants them to be better able to USE their gifts.
I bought Peterʻs first book, Faster Than Normal several years ago and I loved it. As someone who is easily distracted I identified. I love how Peter copes when a book deadline looms. He books a flight to Tokyo and back — and writes all the way there and then back. How tempting I find that idea!
Hmm. While I am waiting for his children’s book to arrive, I think I’ll go back and reread his fist one! Oh, and I’ll listen to a few more of his podcasts, too.