the weird kid at school in 52 words.

#Writespiration 52 Weeks in 52 Words The Weird Kid At School

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This week for Sacha’s #Writespiration Challenge,  we have got to write about the weird kid at school. Of course it has to be done in EXACTLY 52 words. Now, it has been a while since I was at school and I can’t really remember any weird kids (perhaps I was one, that’s why)!

The poem that I have written today is a very personal one as it is written about my daughterClick To Tweet
(she has Asperger’s Syndrome), but from a schoolmate’s point of view. The kids never knew whether she was weird, odd or just plain naughty, which at that age is understandable.

I used to have a dreadful job getting her to school in the mornings and depending on what her ‘obsession’ was, she often went in different clothes to start with. The uniform would be in her bag and she would occasionally let the staff change her into it.

This was done on the suggestion of the school as otherwise I would never get her there at all! As it was. I had the usual performance of walking across the playground with her lashing out kicking and screaming as she didn’t want to go. I used to hate the looks from other parents and have always detested the school run, especially as she got older!

This was all when she started school at 4 years old and went on for several years. She would always try to run off whenever she could get the chance and in the end was given a high-vis vest to wear so that she could be seen!

The reason I wrote this is because her behaviour could have been seen as being ‘naughty’ and over her primary school years, my daughter was often ostracised by other parents and kids and in fact, towards the end, was not invited to one single birthday party as parents were not sure how she would behave.

She does not always realise something is wrong or naughty as she acts on impulse and cannot always understand the consequences of her actions. She will go that one step further to impress people trying to make friends but of course, does not always do it in the right way.

I remember walking her to junior school that she had only just started, as we got closer, we saw the Headmaster who addressed her by name! I knew she had done something wrong in order to come to his attention and eventually found out that she had flooded the toilets by leaving all the taps running as she liked the way it looked with the water spilling over the wash basins!

Unfortunately, the parents all knew her name too, and the looks I was given on picking her up in the playground in the afternoon meant that her reputation had followed her.

I just wanted to point out that some kids that act a bit weird or different or even really naughty, don’t always realise that it is not ‘normal.’ My daughter has her own form of logic (she is extremely intelligent), and you cannot budge her no matter how hard you try!

It makes her teenage years very interesting, I can tell you, what with hormones added into the mix as well!!

 

Why are you wearing your sports kit  weird

We don’t have PE today?

The staff gave you a fluorescent jacket

So they could stop you from running away

Every day you’re kicking and screaming

As your Mum carries you into the class

Are you just weird and unusual?

Or are you really bad-ass?

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 comments

  1. You certainly did well to add the human element to this child and her mother whom we now know as you and your child. We need to be made aware that there is a lot of pain in these situations. Fortunately there is also love. I feel it in your writing. I needed to hear you. Thank you.

  2. Hello Judy, thank you for this post. I would never have known about your daughter. My son is also high functioning autism and this is coupled with PTSD and OCD. I am writing a book about it at the moment. I feel your pain. It can be very hard to cope but they are great kids really.

  3. I get it. So many quick to rush to judgment, not thinking first of how those ‘naughty’ kids feel or how exhausted those ‘lenient’ parents are.
    I’m glad you’ve shared this with us, I can feel your heart break.
    Onward Miss Hap goes 🙂

  4. This is a brilliant blog Sis, and every brave of you to write. I have a nephew who has Asperergers and it is not easy to deal with . Hugs 💜💖💝💜💖

  5. I love this and admire you writing about it. Life is tough enough without glaring parents who should know better. Ostracising is never the right approach if they could have autism /asbergers for just an hour of one day there attitudes would alter.

    1. I rarely write about my daughter’s autism, but for some reason today, I just remembered how awful I felt back then feeling everyone was judging us, and how heartbreaking too that she was never invited to birthday parties which is such a big thing for a child. Thanks so much for your thoughts, Ellen 🙂

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