EVALUATE THIS!

Had Johnny at a Doctor yesterday for an “evaluation”.  Due to sooo many circumstances beyond anyone’s control, the guy has just a wee bit of an issue with anxiety.  Who can blame him?  I look back at his last 10 years and I get a little on edge myself.

Just a few of Johnny’s highlights.  Some humorous, some way toooo sad for anyone, let alone a 10 year old to experience……

Let’s see…….Oh yeah, he’s a military kid sooooo let’s just give him extra points on the ol’ anxiety scale right there.  He came into the world fast and furious, soooo, maybe…………..there’s a little bit of whiplash involved.  Many a day he was left sitting in his stroller, possibly unattended………….ever so patiently………while I ran through the parks of Sunny So. Cal. chasing his crazy Big Brother.  At 16 months his Daddy and almost every male we knew were sent to Iraq and he was left with a bunch of crazy woman (and one Saintly Cardiologist, who was surrogate Daddy figure to my boys).  Knowing his fate in crazy land he started attempting his Great Escapes………..this began his much too frequent run ins with Security.  Rest easy Mom’s everywhere………………I know from many of my encounters with these Security Folks……………you always get the child back…………….seriously…………….you think they want a boy they would have to chase all over God’s Green Earth.    Trust me on this one………….YOU DON’T!!!  Those Security Folks give the best advice though………………..”Ma’am, you really shouldn’t let him run away like that”………..WOW!!…………..great tip…………..never thought of THAT!

What else…………….weeelll, there’s the fact that he has moved about 8 times in his life, has attended SEVEN schools, starting with his first at age Three where he rode the school bus.  He LOVED it………………me…………….not so much.  I couldn’t even begin to count the number of teachers involved in this process.  I will say, we have always been fortunate in the teacher department……………….doesn’t hurt that he is a “charmer” and teachers like to see what he will come up with next.

Tragically, he has been to funerals of little cousins and Baby Sisters.  He was home when our Precious Madeline took her last breath.  These are horrible, horrible events that NO ADULT would like to experience and would possibly send them into The Betty Ford.  So, I guess it begs the question…………….what do you expect?………………of course he is going to be on edge.  Thankfully, he doesn’t know drugs or alcohol.  His coping mechanism of choice………………BATMAN!!  This IS definitly his great escape.  I have blogging and facebook, Johhny has comics and Super Heroes.

I know Johnny sits through these “evaluations” mentally rolling his eyes.  He’s probably thinking, “Holy Anxiety Batman, someone get my Mom a chill pill……………….and why you are there a BATMAN Comic for me.  I’m just a kid (and a Cool one at that), I like me some Batman……deal with it people!

Be patient Johnny……………….someday soon you will teach us all that you are JUST FINE………….it’s the rest us in need of an “EVALUATION.”

One Response to EVALUATE THIS!

  1. jim shunk says:

    I understand his feelings from my chilhood and it’s funny because i always went towards the superheros to i think thats why ive had the most dangerous and crazy jobs. on the other part about what he has seen my other son and my younger brother were here when we found my son and had to see things no one should, so yes some anxiety is going to be there I have found that a good schedule that he can get used to and try to have as little change in it as you can this will give him a sense of security and ease his anxiety.
    I live with it every day and it’s no picnic and so does my whole family it’s like we are just waiting for something bad to happen that the best way i can describe anxiety and how you feel. i hope this helps.
    God Bless..

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