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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Abundance Of Joy In A Hyperactive Child
By Anne Harrell


Abundance of Joy In A Hyperactive Child

My daughter Katie is a very happy go lucky child. She is sixteen and has abundance of energy. I can only wish I had the liveliness she has when it comes to staying up over have the night and then up at the crack of dawn. She stays up half the night every day and then up before anybody else in the family. I would be worn completely out, no more to give if I was her.

She is very active with the JROTC in her high school. She is always on the go with them. She is at school every morning at seven o’clock. Then she has practice again in the afternoon from about three thirty to about seven o’clock. This routine goes on Monday through Friday.

If I could just bundle up her energy, I would have my house work caught up daily. There would not be any worry about having to stay up half the night making sure everybody’s clothes are done for in the morning. There would be no rushing when I sit down to do my writing, plus having fifty things on my mind.

When she is at home, she runs me batty when she is talking on two different phones, plus on the computer talking with some one at the same time. I can’t seem to find the get-up-and-go she has. If I just could harness the extra vitality she has I would have enough oomph to last me the rest of my life.

At times when she has not had her medicine to help her settle down she is bouncing off the wall literally. She makes me dizzy just watching her. Her teachers complain that they just can’t seem to keep her in her seat. If the teacher turns his/ her head, Katie is up out of her seat. If we just could strap her down to the chair, we would be doing fine. Then she would be like my oldest handicapped daughter that would get up with the chair strapped to her and walk around.

Yet, when Katie is taking her meds as she should, she is the most caring child you can find. When she puts her mind to something she is doing, her work is out of this world. She loves to play her viola at church and very active in a youth group in a local church.

When it comes to talking Katie has abundance of words to say. She will talk your ear off. She can really keep a conversation going when she is in a group of friends. She is never at lost for words. Even the teachers say that she talks to no end. She has an excessive happiness when it comes to her personality. If we just could shut Katie up and keep her still we will be doing just fine. A plan is maybe if putting a sock in her mouth with hush her up for a while. I just wish there was some quietness around here.

Boy! I wish Katie would just settle down and go to sleep for a while. Again if I could just harness that extra vigor she has I would not have to worry about paying for electricity until the year three thousand!

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Marilyn Schnepp 06/17/06
It is difficult in this small space to make helpful suggestions to a fellow writer, but have a friend or family member edit or "read" your work... and keep plugging away at your goal. Improvement comes with hard work, time, and determination. Thanks for sharing your story.
dub W06/19/06
A lot of redundant language and a number of grammar issues that might be solved by a good proof read. There are a million stories to tell about hyperactive children, I am glad you took a mostly postitive approach here. A little work and this will come a long way.