March 28, 2006

"He was eventually diagnosed with A.D.W., or Attention-Deficit What; then A.D.H.S.T., or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Stop That..."

"... and, after that, A.D.P.O.Y.P., or Attention-Deficit Put On Your Pants. Finally, I realized that Billy is a Dandelion Child, a term used for unusually bright and active children whose special powers will someday change the world."

Paul Rudnick takes on the Indigo Child delusionals.

13 comments:

Joan said...

The New Yorker article is in heavy competition with Charles Krauthammer's take-down of Francis Fukuyama in the WaPo as today's best read.

That was awesome. What a good morning!

SteveWe said...

I must have missed your post about Indigo Children last January, otherwise I would have commented.

I met Jan Tober and Lee Carroll in the early 90's when Lee thought Jan's woo-woo thoughts were nonsense. Then Lee had a great idea: he started channeling "Kryon" for fun and profit.

"Kryon" was, at first, very concerned about the Grays -- apparently because they were leading us astray. But then the Indigo Children appeared with the task of leading us to a better place.

I'm happy to hear that there are "Dandelion Children" now. Maybe there's hope for me. As a Monday's Child, I'd like to be transformed to some other auric type (and without drugs, for sure).

Goesh said...

Dandelion children!? My God! I get too riled over such clap-trap to even comment.

Tom C said...

Welcome to a typical Vermont pre-school parent conference. There's something slightly frightening about these parents...their desperation to justify any behavior produced by their offspring is, like any other mental illness, hard to sit next to. The article is pretty funny, only because I've heard things (spouse of 25 year teacher, chair of local school board) astonishingly close to this in real life. Thx for the link.

knoxgirl said...

The "AreYourPetsLimping.com" link is the best

tiggeril said...

OT: France: You got your strike in my protest! You got your protest in my strike!

chezDiva said...

I am so glad that the behavior I have noticed in my two year old nephew has a name. Indigo Child. I love the sound of that. And to think I was so misguided as to believe that my nephew's behavior was typical of all two year olds.

I was even so presumptuous as to think that the "resistance to authority " behavior was merely pushing mommy and daddy as far as he could to see what he could get away with. Imagine that. I've also noticed his "disruptive tendencies", I foolishly thought he was having a temper tantrum because he didn't get what he wanted when he wanted. And he certainly has an uncanny ability to stop whatever "bad" thing he is doing like dumping the garbage onto the kitchen floor when he senses his mom is nearby. I never thought of it as acute intuition. I just thought it was the Punishmnent/Reward system ; he knew that his bad actions were going to cost him an afternoon without his beloved Dora the Explorer doll. What a marvel. As soon as I finish typing this post I will call my sister and let her know that the two year old isn't a "normal" child. He's special an Indigo Child. I am sure she will be delighted.

reader_iam said...

I LOVE the choice of "Dandelion."

I wonder what he could do with "Kudzu" or even "Morning Glory," for example.

Gaius Arbo said...

That piece was inspired!

I loved the areyourpetslimping.com bit, too.

CB said...

Wait a minute, I just tried to go to areyourpetslimping.com--it's not even registered as a domain. And a Google search for Dr. Irene Morningflower-Sanctum yielded no results! This is just another fabrication by the liberal media; I hope the guys at Powerline are on the case exposing this lie.

Pat Patterson said...

The Dandelion Child sounds very similar to the Piranha Brothers of Monty Python fame, "He nailed my head to the floor".

Chris O'Brien said...

Amen Tom C., but it wasn't that way before the flatlanders changed Vermont, (so I moved!)

Anyway, if you are rasing a kid today, then you know parents like the ones satarized here - its amazing; they say these things without the slightest hint of irony. Its really just a projection of their narcissism isn't it? My kid is an extension of me, therefore all he does is good.

Well to paraphrase Tony Soprano, in my house its still 1954.

anonlawstudent said...

I knew a young woman in college who claimed she could see aura's. She had an uncanny ability to be able to predict interpersonal relationships. She also skipped all of her classes and dropped out by the end of her freshman year. I have no idea what became of her.

Even if auras and other nutty new-age ideas are really just different ways of seeing the world, at some point it becomes couter-productive; if you remove yourself too much from the mainstream of how culture and consciousness function, you start to loose functionality yourself. "Insanity" is an extreme example. Auras and other fru-fru notions are only moderately disruptive.

I'll put in a good word for old-school Vermont. I'm sixth generation, but an expat. The Herald had a piece a couple of years ago about the fact that Vermont was becoming a Yankees state. Sox fans began our exodus to Maine.