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A Not-So-Grimm ADHD Fairy Tale

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Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, in a land far, far away, there lived a distracted little boy named Kelly. The year was 2009 and the Kelly, little boy, was 49 years old.

He ran from this thing to that, never finishing much and always starting new things. He was a happy and joyful little boy.

Then one day, Kelly found out that at 49 he should have grown up.

He decided to search the land for a way to grow up. He had tried a lot of things in the past and while it never occurred to him back than that he should be growing up, none of those things had caused him to grow up. So he just stroked them off the list. That meant that drinking alcohol hadn’t helped. Smoking pot hadn’t helped. Holding down three jobs at once also didn’t work, nor did not paying attention or climbing things or even the occasional tantrum thrown when all else failed, though in fairness, Kelly still threw tantrums because they were one of the things Kelly knew how to do really well.

The search begins

He looked high and low for anything that might help with his growing up, but he just exhausted himself and finally, at the age of 50, he gave up.

Should have started with quitting

As often happens, he found something relevant as soon as he stopped looking. He found information that might give clues as to why he hadn’t grown up.

It seemed that there was a spell cast on him by a wicked witch named Gen Etics. The spell was called Add and Gen had cursed his family with it a long time ago. Although many members of his family seemed able to deal with the curse, Kelly was having a great deal of trouble with it. There was also the possibility that, due to having been dropped on his head by an evil troll named A.D.Venture, when Kelly was only three or four, the curse had been made worse. Evil trolls are known for curse worsening.

So Kelly’s new search was for a way to reverse the curse worsening and lift the curse itself, if at all possible.

The second search

Again Kelly looked high and low, again with no better results than he’d had during his first search. He was starting to believe that he might never do anything in this life but search futilely for causes and cures.

Always darkest before the dawn

Finally, Kelly discovered in his heart, or maybe his brain or liver, a magic spell that he had had all along. The spell was one of self contentment and it was activated by acceptance.

It did not cure the Add curse , nor did it make him grow up. But it made him better able to deal with Addversity, the stress brought on by the Add curse .

The spell had to be used judiciously. One had to be careful to accept only those things that could not be changed, accepting things that could be changed with a bit of work turned the spell into excuses.

The good side of the spell …

But the spell helped in another way. It seemed that if he accepted the things he couldn’t change, Kelly’s strength grew and he was better able to effect changes of the things he could.
Soon, though still not having grown up, Kelly was able to do a pretty good imitation of a grown up, and that seemed to satisfy the world and Kelly also.

And really, who would want to be grown up if they could just make people believe they were, but still, deep down inside, still be a child.

Not Kelly.

A Not-So-Grimm ADHD Fairy Tale

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). A Not-So-Grimm ADHD Fairy Tale. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 13, 2019, from


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