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Dead Grass

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The struggle is real, it’s just not what you think it is …

Here in Canada we’re experiencing a drought. It hasn’t rained in a while, weeks really

And there are a lot of negative repercussions from that.

Crops are going to fail. And that means higher prices for veggies.

And it means that livestock aren’t going to be fed as well and won’t gain as much weight so, higher prices for meat also.

And here on the verandah office …

My view from here is of a very brown lawn. I’m not the kind of person who cares about whether the lawn has weeds or is green, but it looks really dead.

But the good news is that the grass isn’t dead, just the thin, spiky leaf parts of the grass have died off. Rain will soak this lawn sometime soon (I hope) and the grass will start right in where it left off.

Grass is tenacious

And tenacious is a good word. It reminds me of tough things and tough people.

And it reminds me of our tribe.

ADHD is an insidious disorder, kind of like an ongoing drought. And we’re kind of like grass, waiting for the rain of a little good luck or the discovery of some coping mechanism that will get us past our next hurdle.

Tenacious meets insidious

Yes, I know that we have spells of time when it seems like we can’t catch up, can’t keep up, can’t buy a break. And it feels like we can’t grow.

But I also know that you, like me, while struggling to hold on, to protect the root of what and who we are, are serious and determined about getting through each struggle.

And I’ve gotten to the point where I almost welcome the struggle, most days.


Okay, maybe not the struggle so much as the success that being tenacious in the face of this disorder brings so frequently.

I don’t, and won’t back down. And if it takes a week, or a month even, to do something that should take a day, I’ll do that and I’ll win.

So there it is …

Yep. Taking a long time and requiring a great struggle to get past the issues that ADHD present me with, and accomplishing what I set out to do in the end, is the same struggle that grass has when it desperately needs water.

And when the rain comes, when I succeed in getting past all those issues and succeed with whatever I’ve been struggling with, you just watch how green and healthy things get.

You know, until the next drought.

Which will begin as soon as the rain stops.

Dead Grass

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). Dead Grass. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 24, 2019, from


Last updated: 27 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 Jul 2018
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