Aidan spent the night making a replica of a plant cell, it's awesome, the kid is a genius. He used hair gel and aloe Vera for the plasma stuff that's all through the cell. He is about one letter grade away from honor roll which is a large miracle entirely of his own making. This is a kid who has struggled with his grades for about three years and was diagnosed just this year with inattentive AD/HD. To say his grades last year were a disaster would be putting it mildly, this year he is unstoppable. Unstoppable and growing into such a wonderful person, he is really coming into his own. I have always felt that if, as a parent, I got to hand pick the son for me, he'd be it. To watch him struggle with his school work has been agonizing for me; the best and worst part of having kids is seeing yourself in them. Aidan has all of my awkwardness and none of my hugely false sense of bravado; his heart is on his sleeve. The quality that makes him so fantastic is the quality that keeps me up at night worrying about him.
Jessica Brown McBroom is Aidan's counselor and specializes in tweens and teens with AD/HD; you’ve heard me rave about her before. If you live in or around St. Charles and have a child with a problem, if I were you I would drop what I was doing and call her NOW. Someday when someone asks Aidan what adult in his childhood made a difference he will say Jessica McBroom. I was at one of her lectures when we first found out Aidan had AD/HD and either she or her mom said you just have to get these kids to grad school and they're good. That information is a huge relief and terrifying at the same time. There is a lot of time between 7th grade and grad school; good to know he’ll be okay eventually, sad to think there’s probably a lot of difficult school years ahead for him. Aidan wants to be a video game designer at this point in his life and if that’s what he does and it makes him happy it’s great with me. I think he’ll either be a therapist for kids like him or a middle school teacher, the one that you never forget, (hello, Mr. Walker, 7th grade social studies teacher at Wheaton Warrenville Middle School) who is an avant-garde chef in his free time. You know, when he’s not being a fabulous husband and father. I know we’ll get him to grad school, I know it’s a long way off, tonight I am just thankful that I get to go along for the ride.