Oh my darling. My beautiful little girl…
I am watching you cry. You sob as you twist and turn your little body on the kitchen floor.
I can’t, you say. You said this medicine will help me…but it’s not changing my feelings! I can’t anymore!
I slide down beside you, leaning against the refrigerator door as I watch you writhe. It’s hard to watch you writhe. It makes me want to reach deep down inside you and destroy whatever energy is coursing through your body in a way that makes you say, I don’t know what to do…I want to scream…I have to scream…I need to…I have to…AH…IMMA!
And then more tears spill out from your beautiful big eyes. I pull you closer and wrap my arms around you. You can’t find a comfortable place…but I don’t let go. I rock…we rock together…back and forth…back and forth and still I say nothing.
Imma I’m trying so hard. You lean against me as you begin to talk…using words that threaten to break the dam behind my eyes and let my feelings pour out to join your wet check against my wet arm as we rock back and forth on the kitchen floor.
I’m stressed. I’m trying so hard. I decided to work harder than I ever did when I started taking the medicine. I thought if I tried super hard, the medicine would work better. But Imma, I’m so stressed. I’m not myself. I don’t know who I am anymore. I’m just a girl with ADHD who can’t do anything in school. I wish I didn’t have this. I wish I was a kid who could keep her cubby neat and write everything down like we’re supposed to and not have anything that makes my brain not work so great. Imma, I’m so tired. I want to be good…I want to be special…Imma I can’t!
My heart is breaking my darling. Can you feel it? You are pressed against my broken heart here on the kitchen floor while I absorb your pain. I am pulling your energy into my soul…I am breaking down any tough fibers in my heart to make room for your pain…I am taking it from you and trying so hard to make it all go away.
You rest your head on my chest and sigh.
I lean over your shoulder.
I don’t always have an answer, I say. But I will always listen to you. Thank you for talking to me. I love you.
You sniff and nod your head and I pull you in for a hug.
One day, you will read all the things I have written and will write about you.
One day you will know how I feel right now.
One day you will see yourself as unique and special and you will embrace it.
For now, it is my embrace you feel.
My arms are wrapped around you tight and I am never going to let go as we rock…back and forth…on the kitchen floor.