“I am recently diagnosed;
I was born almost 58 years ago.
My first friend- when I was 13.
She liked my company because I had my nose in the dictionary all the time (partially trying to find words to express what I meant) and I guess I picked up fascinating tidbits and sifted our subtle patterns in structure and function that were endlessly intriguing to me.
I was at boarding school; from the dictionary, I would teach myself Black Letter by extrapolating the rest of the alphabet from the eight characters depicted therein.
This is supposed to be a review of your show.
Looking back, any snippet of my life would be a study in consequences of various societal views and educational strategies.
Looking ahead, my generation of “autists” are aging. Social consequences of letting us twist in the wind are grim. And
So many gifts lie:
•unrecognized and unfulfilled,
•in a multiplicity of sectors of any
Your program is a ray of light into this Sisyphean sphere of struggle (it only turns from “struggle” to “TORMENT” when someone is Rushing you.)
We need light; we need hope.
We have gifts, all of us.
We need support from those who can adapt prosthetic legs to let us go ahead and sprint and soar on the Olympian legs we were born with.
The fly in the ointment THERE is that we have multiple pairs of cognitive legs; in Autism, one set may be “Average”, but if the other sets of legs are not 37%, but 99.9%....
Well, translate that to wheels,
And consider tractor-trailers on the highway; how far would any truck make it with its wheels so mismatched?
Can you imagine going through life that way?
Will we be motivated only the unseemliness of letting a seventeen year-old back away from suicide to moulder in a psych hospital for half a decade...
But not consider that same soul called “Sparks” and Miss Sunshine” by her dad, not consider that soul as valuable to society at age 57 and onwards?
No job. No savings.
But no future?
Your podcast gave me hope. I am not alone. Whether making paper patterns for geometric solids or listing anomalies with homonyms and homophones, we are here and you have created for us
with a stage for grace,
raucous laughter, and HEARTWARMING blank stares.
They are OK. Survivable.
when Time is allowed for all our discombobulated elements to catch up with one another.
You allow for that.
Miss Sunshine. Aladumdum
Age 8, told:
”You suffer from verbal diarrhea.”
“Put mind./.... in gear
before engaging mouth.”
Age 57, told:
“You have charismatic loveliness.”
Extremes can enrich us.
You lead. You will have company.
Let us hope on, then.
Almost two years later....
I thought I’d sent this in already......
I shall do it now.
What more perfect representation of ability and LACK OF IT might I have shown you?”
SparksBrightEyes via Apple Podcasts ·
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