Hell freezes over.

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Tick by tick, our ADHD/Aspie teenage-son “Clark Kent” checked off the hurdles between him and high school graduation/Texas A&M in the last two weeks of school. We breathed a sigh of relief when he announced he had passed his online classes and solved his attendance issues. Then, three days before his graduation, as his older sister Marie made graduation cakes for Clark and his girlfriend, I got a call from his counselor.

“I hate to tell you this, but it appears Clark will fail English and not graduate on Sunday,” she said.

This was an unexpected development. Well, let’s be honest here. No problem with Clark is totally unexpected. Bile rose in my throat. “Thank you,” I managed, at the end of our call. “I’ll talk to Clark.”

It turned out that — woopsie — Clark had missed a final English paper assignment when he overslept a week before finals. He scurried up to the teacher with a late paper, and she took it. She graded it quickly and sent Clark an email. She gave the paper a 97 and called it “deep thinking” and “creative insight.” Oh, the irony. He ended up with a B in her class.

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I’d love to say graduation went off without a hitch, but I’d be lying. Clark “lost” his suit and new khaki pants and ended up wearing a pair of pants so old he couldn’t zip them all the way. But at this angle, you can barely see his exposed ankles (above).

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. That Boy Clark Kent graduated high school, fittingly in a gown looking shockingly like a red cape.

I’m sure it’s all smooth sailing from here . . .

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes the Clark Kent Chronicles on parenting ADHD wonder kids, thanks to the crash course given to her by her ADHD son and his ADHD father. Pamela is the author of the book The Clark Kent Chronicles: A Mother’s Tale of Life With Her ADHD & Asperger’s Son, and many others, like How To Screw Up Your Kids and her bestselling, award-winning Katie & Annalise mystery series, led off by Saving Grace. Visit her blog, Road to Joy, where you can buy her books in any form, anywhere. Pamela is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship, as well as her husband and kids. Like Clark Kent, she also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes the Clark Kent Chronicles on parenting ADHD wonder kids, thanks to the crash course given to her by her ADHD son and his ADHD father. Pamela is the author of the book The Clark Kent Chronicles: A Mother's Tale of Life With Her ADHD & Asperger's Son, and many others, like How To Screw Up Your Kids and her bestselling, award-winning Katie & Annalise mystery series, led off by Saving Grace. Visit her blog, Road to Joy, where you can buy her books in any form, anywhere. Pamela is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship, as well as her husband and kids. Like Clark Kent, she also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.

7 Comments

  1. Nan Loyd says:

    Haw, haw, haw – I’m sure, too, that it will be smooth sailing from here on! From your blog post to God’s ears, baby!!! Congrats to the mom who made it through. It was a breeze for him; not so, you!

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  2. Ally says:

    Wow, I’ve been following your posts leading up to graduation, and well, just wow! Congrats to everyone – Clark, and his parents!

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  3. Dee says:

    I love that you made Clark deal with his own messes. Way to go, Clark, and way to go, mom!

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