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A Journey

by on April 17, 2020

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  1. My now nearly 24-year-old son is also on the spectrum. I feel so much for the writer, though her self-awareness is well-beyond that of most “neurotypical” people, and I believe it is helping her endure this. If she is a friend of yours, please tell her that, for whatever it may be worth, I am sending her love and virtual hugs, and my sincerest wishes that the peace she musters over her two days off remains with her when she goes back into battle.

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  2. Thank you, Marcia. I did send your comments to her and she is deeply appreciative of your very kind and thoughtful words. We both send our supportive thoughts to your son, and we trust you are staying safe under these trying circumstances.

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  3. To the author: well done, my dear; intelligently written and enjoyable to read. I have both a granddaughter and a great-niece who are on the spectrum, and have sometimes wondered if I might belong there, too. Appropriate social behaviors are difficult for me, and silent meltdowns are common in my world. Too Much Input!

    Now that you’ve dipped your toes into the warm pool that is blog writing, I hope we will see you here again. Meanwhile, if you could pass along the title and author of that book, I think I might find a place for it in my library. Rose

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    • Thank you, Rose. I will pass along your comments, but she may see them anyway. I’m with you; I hope to see more of her work.

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  4. Steve permalink

    I always appreciate insight from an adult on the spectrum as my son is well on his way to being one himself. I do my best to help him work through meltdowns very similar to the ones you describe and it saddens me to read you’ve felt low enough to consider calling the hotlines two nights in a row.

    Sounds like your manager needs a lot more maturity before he should be managing anyone. I hope you find yourself in a position where things improve soon. No matter what, despite the way your job leaves you feeling, you do have value. Thank you for the post.

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  5. Thank you, Steve. I will pass along your comments, though I’m pretty sure she will return and see them.

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  6. I have no personal knowledge or understanding of autism on this level or point along the spectrum. My only experience with autism was in working in 1968 with children diagnosed as “Profoundly Autistic”. Of course, this was at a time when autism was not a commonly known term. I’ve also never been employed in retail business.

    However, I do have some experience in recognizing a highly unusual degree of self awareness, as has been pointed out by Marcia, and a very high degree of intelligence, as is clearly evident in the author’s post. But what strikes me most is the realization (on my part, arising out of this narrative) of the great disparity between what often externally appears to be an autistic person’s aloofness and the true depths of the inner cognition, emotion, and self analysis going on beyond our sight. It must be a world of inner turmoil more complex and scarring than most of us could ever understand. For that I am so saddened at the feeling that there must be those in such pain who are, to the untrained, unreachable. And worse yet, the external characteristics of these people in pain are often such that they appear not to be in pain. That is painful to me.

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  7. At the request of the author this post has been removed.

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