Monday, November 5, 2012

Little Bat

As a student, my brain did most of it's work staring out the window. Because of this- at least in science class- I would often be responsible for getting us out of the classroom. You don't see a hawk hunting a pigeon, or a falcon circling overhead when you've got your nose in a textbook. Thanks to an enthusiastic teacher and my day-dreamy ways (known also, as Attention Deficit Disorder), class would be interrupted in favor of going outside to watch nature in action.

One time, this same teacher called me over while I was having my lunch outside, to show me that a very tiny bat had curled up to sleep near the science building doors. I have always appreciated that this particular teacher didn't see my lack of traditional attention as a deficit, but recognized that I was more interested in seeing nature in action.


lauren, curious constellation said...

Such a brilliant little story that I can definitely relate to.

Micaela // Drifter and the Gypsy said...

I love teacher's like that. You just never forget them.

Unknown said...

I was the same way! and I sleep with a stuffed bat (not ashamed to say it!) lol

Jennifer said...

thanks for sharing. I think schools sometimes forget that actually living in the moment (i.e. watching science happen than just reading about it).

xo Jennifer

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I bet that teacher would love how much you appreciated them. Its really cool when teacher's encourage kids to be curious about the world and not just memorize their books.

Melissa said...

This is a great post. I love observing nature. It's part of the reason why I'm an environmental studies major.

<3 Melissa

Moorea Seal said...

We are so similar. I have ADD too. I was diagnosed as a 6 year old but my parents didn't tell me because they wanted me to figure out how to work with it on my own. But when I got really depressed in high school, and most especially senior year, my ADD + depression combo just really got to me so I asked my dad to take me to the doctor to see if I had ADD and I got re-diagnosed again, after which my dad told me I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 6. I was kind of pissed I didn't figure it out until senior year because I really struggled in school, always. But I knew my struggling wasn't because of a lack of intelligence. So in the end, I was thankful my dad gave me the freedom to not label myself through my childhood because of ADD. But it did help to learn senior year that my ADD causes me to go really internal and gets really complicated when I get depressed.

Did you ever take medication for it? I had to my senior year but GOD, I hated it. I felt like a zombie with no emotions but could focus in school. I get mad at myself often when I feel the ADD messing with my focus, but I also trust it has helped me be expand my interests, makes me crazy focused and excited about specific things I love, and it makes me me.
xo Moorea

Orchid Grey said...

Moorea: I was diagnosed my Junior year of high school, and took medication until I was half way through my freshman year of college. Without it, I doubt I would have graduated high school, but once I started attending college and was taking classes I actually WANTED to take (most of them fine art and/or hands-on), I didn't see much need for it anymore, and with my doctor's and parents approval weaned myself off.

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