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Comedy And Funny Stories: My Son's ADHD Moment At The Airport

Updated on February 18, 2011


Having a child with ADHD is a challenge. It is also one of the most rewarding things I've ever experienced in my life. Why?

Because it made me laugh I suppose. It made me just marvel at what a kid could get into and what a magical life you could embark on whether you wanted to or not.

Life with our firstborn was never dull. It has given me loads of material for what I like to think of in my head as my stand-up routine. I could literally go on the road with the stories I have to tell.

Sit back and relax. Come with me on another day far, far away now but still in my head and in my heart.

Here's just one more of the many episodes and escapades of one Jonathan Kirchner.

no this is not my son but you get the picture with ADHD
no this is not my son but you get the picture with ADHD | Source


I was pregnant with our second baby when Jon hit the "terrible 2's". To be honest, I never really thought of them as the terrible 2's because ever since the day Jon was born, it had been a lot of chaos!

I won't use the word terrible because I think that's just well....mean. ADHD is a birth anomaly and I seriously tried to just do the best I could with what I was dealt. Some days were better than others, and I have to admit here quite frankly that I've never been a saint. I regularly called my poor husband, Bob on the phone at his job at the VA Medical Center and told him I thought I was going to kill someone...either myself or my son!

He always patiently listened to me and told me it would get better. I in my stupidity believed him most often. In all honesty, just that little lifeline would put me back on track and would give me the strength to face another day with a child with ADHD. It also helped that I had the best back-up known to man or Bob.

All that said, I was none too pleased when one day out of the blue, Bob told me he was leaving on a business trip for his job. He would be gone 3 days and to me, that sounded like forever. "Where does it say that you can leave me for a business trip?" I kindly asked through gritted teeth.

Especially when we have a child with ADHD and I'm pregnant I wanted to add but I refrained. He patiently explained to me like I was developmentally delayed that he had to go....his job required it and there were no ifs, ands or buts about it....after all, it was a short term deal. Then he pulled out the big guns and added the kicker that he was sure I could handle it. You betcha.

The day of his leaving dawned....a beautiful sunny spring day in Detroit. It didn't seem fair. It just didn't. As I drove with him sleepily to the airport with Jon the electric (up since 5:00 without an alarm) in the back seat, I was mentally telling myself it would be okay. It would give us some bonding time and before I knew it, Bob would be back. Sure...I'm talking myself into it more and more.

After checking in and finding a spot in the chairs to wait for his flight to be called, we were sitting together, holding hands. I was beginning to worry more and more about this whole thing. Could I possibly handle my ticking time bomb son on my own? It really was a bit of a challenge every day but knowing that Bob would always be there got me through it.

I started to get weepy though Bob was trying yet again to reassure me all would be would all be over before I knew it. I was beginning to think maybe just throwing myself at his feet and screaming "Don't leave me" might be a good option. Although even I would have been embarrassed as he tried to shake me off his pant leg as he bolted for the plane.

Suddenly, however, while trying to reassure me, he stopped mid sentence with his mouth hanging open as he peered over my shoulder.

I turned to follow his gaze only to discover our darling firstborn with his head pinned underneath a Hertz Rent-A-Car sign. He had climbed up onto the wrought iron fence guarding the sign. Apparently investigating the mechanism that turned the sign, he didn't notice when the sign came around and pinned his head.

I was torn between screaming, laughing and giving thanks. I know it sounds a bit sick but honestly...this was the first time I think I'd seen him ever be still! (I might add it still holds the record)

I turned to Bob and whispered "Do you think we can leave him there.....just like for a minute?"

I know - I should be arrested by the ADHD police.



We were both on our feet in seconds running towards him.  The beauty of Jon is that he never got panicked and he never cried.....about anything. 

He just patiently stood there with his head pinned underneath the sign somehow knowing that his parents would discover his mistake and rescue him I imagine. 

People were gathering, some were running towards the sign with us.....and everyone was laughing and talking at once. 

Luckily, I did the "right thing" and didn't leave him there....we both freed our little boy.  We stood clinging to each other and to him as the final boarding call sounded over the loudspeaker. 

Bob pulled me in close and whispered "I know you can do this and I'm just a phone call away".  Little did he know!  ha ha 

As we watched him go down the runway to the plane, I took Jon by the hand.  I didn't see any permanent damage or crooked neck so this was good....and we both strolled off to the car to start our adventure without dad for a few days, hand in hand. 

This was just one of many Jonathan golden moments and one that I will remember forever. 

God he was a handful but good Lord, the child made me laugh.  He still does.


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington


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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Trade the ride our kids have given us!! Are you kidding, no way. Where would all our stories come from then?

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Sueroy333 - Thanks so much for stopping by - we went on to have a legally blind son the next time out so it's been a ride. I have found that laughter can get you through most anything though as you probably know as well! Thanks so much for sharing a giggle with me. There are millions more of the Jonathan stories to come (fortunately) unfortunately how ever you want to look at it. I tend to always see the glass as half full!

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      Susan Mills 

      8 years ago from Indiana

      Your son is lucky to have a mom with a great sense of humor!

      I have a child with a bunch of really fun health issues. You laugh and enjoy, or you cry and miss out! I"m always glad to see another laughing mom!

      I will have the picture of his head stuck for a while! Thank you for the laugh!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Marie - I still look back and laugh so that has to be a good thing, eh? I wouldn't seriously trade a minute of the ride my kids gave me!

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      How dare Bob leave you for 3 days! Mine was constantly away but my son didn't have ADHD he just didn't sleep through until he was 4! I know what it feels like to be a zombie.

      Very funny story Audrey and your stories prove one thing, us Mums (and Dads) are survivors. Voted up and thanks for a funny read.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Hanna - yes it was a lot of work but it surely made my life fly by!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Our son was very active and that felt like living in a whirlwind. He was so fast. My ex-husband never gave me a minute and I had our son 24-hours. It was just a little taste of what you must have gone through. I know you laugh about it now but it is normally hard work. Thank you and take care.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Dim - I feel so elated that you thought enough of me to come back and push all my buttons! You are too kind!!

      Mysterylady - I think I could have been on tranquilizers but then who'd have kept up with my Jonathan? Good lord - we laugh at it now but if we look back at a lot of photos when we were young with our kids....we both look exhausted. No wonder - but it was a hoot! Wouldn't change a minute of it.

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      mysterylady 89 

      8 years ago from Florida

      What a challenge that must have been! A good friend of mine, divorced, had to raise her two sons with ADHD alone. She ended up on tranquilizers! I am glad you had Bob.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      No, I told a lie - got confused with a previous hub. NOW I have steped on all your buttons! :-)))

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Dallas - I'm afraid I was probably a bit of my son Jon as well but let me tell you.....he gave me a run for my dinero....and even in his 30's....he still does! He gave me almost every gray hair I own. But ya gotta love someone who makes you laugh out loud.

      Dim - Nice to see you - and yes, my Bob deserves a metal or two...and a beer or two as well. We have been through the mill he and I and still came out on the other side. Appreciate your votes, my dear friend!

      Nellie - I have but begun to fight - I mean write! I have for years told these stories to everyone and they actually want to re-hear them for the laughs. Even better are my friends who were along for the ride during some of our Jonathan years. Then there are some stories that crossed over with my other 2 kids....I could literally go on and on and on...oh yeah, I think I do! Thanks for the read my dear English friend!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, you must have had eyes at the back of your head! how on earth did you manage it? super mum, I would have panicked all the time! lol what a great story though, cheers nell

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      IP, from my side I should very much like to shake your Bob's hand and I wish he was my neighbour, so I could share the occasional beer with him :-)

      And I have pressed al the UP buttons above :-)

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      The love and joys of motherhood. I must have had ADDHD when I was a "youngin..." I was always into something...


      Flag up!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      FP - I totally am developmentally delayed in many ways - glad you enjoyed the funny ride (again)'s been a while!

      Eiddwen - He always put(s) things into perspective. Just about the time that you think you have Jon figured out....splat. I have to laugh about it because some of my Jonathan moments are my best!

      BJ - Many people have suggested this....I could write a book alone on the Jonathan Chronicles - more to come soon! I have learned (I think) the art of breaking them down into moments rather than 'series of moments' but I gotta million of 'em left! I did get his permission by the way to share with the world (as I do with family and friends anyway). If you have any ideas...please - my head's a clean slate! Well almost other than all the stories rattling around up there!

      Crewman - I'm so glad to make you laugh - sometimes I wonder if I've lost my 'funny bone' and maybe I'm getting too serious all the time. Then I start writing one of these and it frees my soul a bit to remember and laugh along with ya'll.

      G482bme - Oh indeed, it worked out....mostly into the next episode I'm afraid. Our life was very chaotic - but happy - stay tuned!

      Alexandra - I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I actually started to sob when I found out I was pregnant with Pat (and perhaps you know how that turned out...stay tuned if not)....I told my OB I couldn't have another baby because I would be dead inside a year from FATIGUE! We both pitched in and raised "Arizona" I mean Jon with all our might. I think we did okay but I know we made some mistakes too. With him, it was keeping him busy so we got him into sports starting at 4 years old! That helped but I won't lie and say it was an easy ride. But I wouldn't trade one single moment with any of our 3 kids - it was a delight meeting them and knowing them these 30+ years. I just wish I could go back and do it again - maybe I'd do even better!

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      8 years ago

      What a great story! It had me laughing and nodding in recognition at the same time. My son was ADHD as well and once you get over the shock of reading bedtime stories at 1 a.m. and making pancakes at 5 a.m. it's an adventure! Funny NOW but then? It had its moments. Thanks for the great laugh (with you totally)!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Many kids are mischievous and get in to this kind of trouble. I hope it all worked out

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      8 years ago

      Just what I needed - A funny Audrey story! Great, hilarious, laugh-out-loud stuff. Always makes the day a bit better.

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      All I can say, Audrey, is Wow! Now I admire you even more knowing of the trials and tribulations you have endured with your first-born. How lucky he is to have you as his mom - your funny stories can distract him at any time - for at least 4 seconds.

      Speaking of funny stories, you have written so many - any thought of putting them in book form? It would be a best seller - especially to all the ADD parents. Wait, I'll amend that. To ALL parents! Whatcha think?

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Hi arkichner,

      Oh I had to laugh too and this is the beauty of it isn't it.

      I have not had a child with ADD but I'm sure that it is hard and very often draining work , then out of the blue comes this little incident and puts everything into perspective.

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      Developmentally delayed?!! That's a good one! :D

      Good to see one of your funny stories again! :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Will - I give credit to my wonderful kids all the way...they made me who I am today.

    • WillStarr profile image


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great Hub mom!

      (And a a great mom too!)

      Up and funny~


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