An autistic acquaintance mentioned that although she has aphantasia and therefore experiences some of the same issues I do with movies and new people, she finds face blindness mystifying. I don’t blame her. I feel the same way, and I have face blindness. I can say this: it’s not that I don’t pay attention to howContinue reading “2 Face Blind 2 Furious”
Me: (watching TV with spouse) Me: (specifically an episode of The Big Bang Theory) Me: (one of his favorite shows) Spouse: (is married to the actual literal last person in the world not to have seen a single episode) Me: (going for the win for marital harmony and cultural literacy) Me: Oh! Spouse: ? Me: can youContinue reading “The Joy Of Face Blindness”
Me: Honey, I want to know what you think of this. Kiddo: ? Me: I’ve been reading the testing part of I Think I Might Be Autistic, and – gosh, I’m not totally sure yet, but I think – I think some of this might apply to me. Kiddo (trying to keep a straight face): Oh? Me: “DoContinue reading “Do You Have A Chainsaw?”
Me (out walking with my spouse a couple of weeks ago): So. Spouse: ? Me: What would you think if someone said – on her blog – “you know, I wish someone had told me that it’s okay to feel a little sad and worried when you find out your child is autistic”? Spouse: Well,Continue reading “I’m Disappointed In You”
Me: ooh lookit that big weirdo plant Me: I love that guy! Me: (takes a million pictures) Me: I love succulents so much. Me: I think I’m becoming the main character in that novel I wrote. Spouse: …the wealthy heiress gay teenaged boarding-school student whose loved ones were systematically murdered? Me: Okay, not JUST likeContinue reading “Walk Like An Allistic”
The following pairs of statements are drawn from conversations I’ve either witnessed or directly participated in. The first statement in each pair is a summary of a situation, edited for succinctness and factuality; the reply is as close to verbatim as I can make it. 1. “I have chronic nausea. It’s directly related to aContinue reading “One Of These Things Is NOT Like The Other”
Me: …so, yeah, I’m still having a really hard time reading I Think I Might Be Autistic. I don’t know why. It’s giving me so much good information. It’s telling me things I need to know and confirming things I already suspected. But it’s rough going. Me: I mean, let’s face it – being autistic isContinue reading “Aspirational Me”
Me: (reading I Think I Might Be Autistic) Me: (at a glacial pace) Me: (seriously people it’s 111 pages) Me: (kinda sad it’s taking me this long to finish is all I’m saying) Me: (anyway) Book: Do you repeat sounds such as animal sounds, grunts, growls or hums? Me: wait what? Me: whoa Me: okay that’sContinue reading “Baby Steps”
Me: Now that Boo has a place of their own, I’m taking the opportunity to go through our apartment, clear out things we don’t need anymore, and enjoy the new space. Last month, I culled about five hundred books from our shelves and boxed them up. Thank goodness I don’t have to lug them anywhere.Continue reading “The Really Hard Job”
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