When I hit ‘send’ on an email to the parent counselor that included a link to my ADHD blog, I did not expect it to show up, all of a sudden, on the high school yahoo group. There was a bug in my email program—or the yahoo group (I’m pretty techy and it still baffles me), and all of a sudden I, a trusted parent leader with eight months still to go in my elected office, felt like I was standing there in my proverbial underwear.
Ice gripped my bowels. I was mortified. Now everyone at the school would know my son has ADD—it felt a lot different than strangers knowing. I slunk home that night and asked for his forgiveness. Fortunately, he’s very self-accepting. He shrugged and said, “So what? It won’t change anything.”
When I peeked out from under the blankets a few days later, I found the incident did change a few things, but not in the horrible ways I’d expected. A few people responded about having 504 plans. One person praised me on my writing! But the really embarrassing thing was that now everyone knows MY dirty little secret.
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