The attention span of a gnat

It’s sad that when I start a sentence out in one of my high school English classes and say “Hey,” invariably a student will say “Your keys are over there.”  I am soooooo easily distracted and so ADD that I never know where anything is.  My saying “Hey” or “Does anyone” will always elicit a Pavlovian response about where my glasses/keys/mind are.  This isn’t new at all.

When my oldest daughter was X years old (the X is because I really have no idea how old she was.  5th grade? 9th grade?), she was sitting on a rock wall with a friend watching a soccer game or something.  She slipped and hit her head on the rocks.  Her friend’s mother called me at work and rushed my daughter to the emergency room.  I beat the land speed record to get there quickly.  As we were waiting for the doctor, I pulled out my wallet to get her father’s phone number to let him know what was going on.  When I looked at the paper, I had written 1-555-555-           and that was it.  Someone must have spoken to me or a squirrel dropped an acorn out of a tree or something to distract me and I never finished writing his number.  I mean who does that?  Unbelievable.

For someone who doesn’t understand, this can be really funny.  Or not at all. And I imagine that living with me isn’t a thrill a minute either.  I have recently had a small stroke.  When I come to a dead stop in the middle of a sentence because I thought I heard a noise outside which reminded me to check if my car lights were on and didn’t the math teacher get a new car because his old one always had the lights stuck on…my husband will look at me and say:

Husband:   Are you having a stroke?

Me:   What?  Why?

Husband:  Because you stopped in the middle of a sentence.

Me:  What were we talking about?

A friend of mine told me one time Do you know they have medicine for people whose minds race and are easily distracted?  I know she meant well so I didn’t respond NO SHIT SHERLOCK WHAT DO YOU THINK I WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT THEM??

Someone with the attention span of a gnat.

About Barb Knowles

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6 Responses to The attention span of a gnat

  1. Glazed says:

    What causes this? I wonder. I have to explain to my wife how to use a computer on practically a daily basis. She too has ADD. Then she repeats messages to me over and over, claiming I always forget things she tells me. I can’t help it if my mind wanders when she talks. What was this post about?

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  2. Oh man I can relate to this! I zone out on the regular.

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  3. Bumba says:

    There’s lotsa names and diagnoses for your dis-order. To be able to write so entertainingly about it is a gift.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      Lol and thank you! I know very well that I’m eccentric and go by the beat of a different drummer. The rest is a gift which helps me to write well. Thank you for telling me you are entertained by it. 🙂

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