ADHD? What kind of word is that?


“Do you have ADDED imagination?” This sounded like an interrogation.

Added imagination? Tom’s brows folded. George shrugged. Alice nodded.

“How about ADDED Creativity?”

“Absolutely,” said Alice.

“We already agreed about your curiosity. How about distractions? Would you say you have ADDED distractions compared to most people?”

All kids laughed.

“Yes, I think we can safely say that,” said Tom.

“ADDED sensitivity? ADDED energy?”

George hummed agreement.

“Well then. That makes you ADDED,” concluded Gwendolen.

Tom raised a prudent finger. “Umm… I think you mean ADHD.”

Gwendolen looked at Tom’s mouth, as if waiting for something else to come out of it. Finally she said, “I don’t understand what kind of word you say. It’s just letters.” Before Tom could say anything, she created the letters with her twigs as she spoke. “One cannot read a word like this,” she waved the branches for them to see. She stressed each letter as she read, “Ah…Dh…Hh…Dh. You see? It actually reads: ADDED. Because it makes sense. I think you had it wrong.”