I Don’t Think That I am Native to Earth
I wrote a story where I talked about how my son must be from another planet. Then I decided that that wasn’t very fair of me, because I know that I am from another one too…not his, but another planet entirely. I am ridiculously squeamish and tactilely oversensitive. I told my husband once that my home planet has no dirt and no bugs, just soothe rocks and water. I don’t know how we grow food where I come from, but since it might be food that I’m actually not allergic to, then maybe it doesn’t grow in dirt. When I was a little girl and we would spend Sundays relaxing around my grandparents’ beautiful pond, I would spend the entire time that I was not in the water screaming and swatting myself because of the little flies that would land on me. They were just little gnats, they didn’t bite, and everyone else ignored them, but they drove me crazy. My husband has always wanted to take me camping, he loves the outdoors, but I completely refuse to go, because above everything else, I am irrationally terrified that if I sleep on the ground, a bug will crawl into my ear.
I did not in any way inherit this behavior from my parents. They both grew up on farms, and they both love the outdoors. My behavior is not a learned one. I adore the beauty of this planet, I love the beautiful landscapes and I appreciate them, but I do not want to be in the midst of them. Even noise levels that most people find perfectly comfortable are a challenge in my case. My back is so ticklish that it is sometimes difficult for me to be in a bathing suit or a shirt with an open back because I continually twitch if my skin is not covered.
No, I am not from another planet; I have over sensory disorders…particularly tactile ones, but auditory ones as well. Many children have disorders like this. They can involve any of our five senses, and many times sensory disorders are misdiagnosed as ADHD, and children are put on medication to regulate their reactions to normal everyday stimulus. Most sensory disorders can be overcome easily with the right kind of physical therapy. If you have a child in your life that is struggling with behaviors that you do not understand, please explore the possibility that they may be over, or under stimulated by one or more of their five senses. Physical therapy is a much better solution than medication, and it can actually solve the problem. After taking some wonderful workshops on the issue and visiting a physical therapy center for children, I learned what I had struggled with as a child myself. I was lucky enough to learn how to manage my challenges. There are many kids that aren’t.
Here are links to a few books on the subject: