Growing up, I heard the word “weird” frequently. So frequently, in fact, that I used its finger to point at myself. Get myself before they get me. If I beat them to the heckling, then I would be immune, right?
“Weird” was one of the only descriptors, in my defense. At least, it was the simplest one. Common in everyday vernacular, learned at an early age, easy to remember, a single syllable. It left much to the imagination. Different people conjure up different images in response to hearing it. And, it’s an all-encompassing umbrella term.
But there’s more to the story, of course. (Isn’t there always?)
On the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, the divide between the Seen and the Unseen is greater than that for most. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, although it can cause misunderstandings. “She can’t be autistic!”, goes the classic example. “She’s too [X]” or “she’s…
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