“A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew” is a collection of stories written during eight pivotal and tumultuous years in my family’s life when I realized that I’d better learn how to fly through my mental tornado or I wouldn’t be of any use to my wife, my two ADHD kids or anyone I loved – and that everything I cared about could be blown away.
But that means getting out of your own head long enough to care about others and learn how to help.
For an ADHD, hypomanic, alcoholic, overthinking SOB like me – that’s a hell of a challenge to even imagine.
But it can be funny too, in a way. Think about it. If every day of your life you wake up already engulfed in a roaring flood of urgent but completely confused and unrelated information hitting you non-stop, all at once, all the time, then the crushing cascade of conflicts and needs of career, creativity, parenting, loss and grief in a family crisis or any other calamity shouldn’t be overwhelming. It should feel like old home week. If only.