It's such a simple request.
A mom to her son: "Pay attention! Get your homework done."
A teacher to her class: "Pay attention! What I'm teaching will be on the test."
A wife to a husband: "Pay attention! There's lots of traffic today."
It sounds so simple. But it can be the same as telling someone with a zero bank balance: "Pay your bills!" When there's nothing, or almost nothing, there, it's virtually impossible. How do you pay (and why, for that matter, does the expression involve payment) attention when you just don't have any attention left?
I've been thinking a lot about this as I've mentally prepared for this school year. Dylan's teacher last year was so good. He didn't "get" ADHD at first, but he learned. But the education process has begun again, and I don't know how it will go.
Will I keep my cool?
Will I explain it in the way it needs to be heard?
Will I be surprised by a veteran teacher who maybe does get it because she has seen it all too often.
I don't know yet. But I can tell you one thing - I'll be paying attention. Even if Dylan can't.