• jenniferleigh

Imminent Danger Disorder

Imminent Danger Disorder*, or IDD, is a rare disorder that afflicts one out of the two children in my household.  It is extremely volatile and unfortunately untreatable (unless you count corporal punishment, shock therapy and massive amounts of duct tape, which I don’t).  Symptoms range from hostile apathy to full blown rage, with a tendency toward violent outbursts and rude phrases shouted at eardrum-shattering volumes.  Occasionally there is damage to property but if the subject is kept isolated, damage to persons in the immediate vicinity can be avoided. 

 IDD, which is entirely fictional, renders the surviving family members shell-shocked and suffering various levels of stress.  Coping mechanisms include meditation, and the consumption of obscene amounts of chocolate.  Those living with someone suffering from IDD tend to shuffle about like zombies while simultaneously walking on eggshells, in fear of triggering a rage episode. 

 If you or someone you know is affected by IDD ... join the club.

*Also known as Sullen Teenage Syndrome.

14 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

If only I'd known

So I came across an interesting writing challenge today. To write a story where the first line is 20 words, the second line is 19 words, the third line is 18 words and so on, all the way to a one word

All dogs go to heaven

I don’t understand dogs. Well, not dogs in general but my dogs. I just had to get up from my very cozy spot on the couch and let one of them out. He was pawing at the door, wagging his tail like crazy

It's raining, it's pouring...

And I love it. The way it smells, the way it sounds drumming on the roof. The way it scrubs the air so clean you can taste it. It's like a new beginning, washing away all that came before, leaving a b