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26 Re: Just a quick hello on Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:42 am


Well, call me late for supper on this conversation... Razz This week's been a bit crazy for me. This was Richard's (For Robert who doesn't know: he's my son, 5 and mildly Autistic) first week of Kindergarten. So, it's been a little interesting in the household this week figuring out this paperwork and that paperwork, which teacher for this, which teacher for that... etc.

(Oh, and Robert... that long-winded thing... That's me. I apologize in advance. In person, I usually don't talk too terribly much until I get to know you, but when I type... look out. Razz)

So, anyway... Robert, welcome to our community! If you come to our "meetings" or whatever we're calling them, You'll see both Kim and myself, unless I forget, which has happened a few times, unfortunately because I seem to have rocks for brains. But I do try to be at every one, along with my husband Colin and Richard.

I myself am 30, and am just now coming to realize, like you, that aspergers is likely the case for me. We initially came to the group for my son, and I ended up finding Kim, a fellow old Mad Beach Middle School graduate- I should say she recognized me and I gave her that "huh?" look that I do to everyone who says they knew me from whatever school 'cuz I usually kept my head down and ignored most everyone- and we kinda clicked for that reason. (Oh, that and our kids - her daughter and my son were kissing under the table. lol) The more we hung out and did things together, the more I realized that I related with her in a lot of ways. I did a lot of research on Asperger's and, also like you, everything fit.

For Chris - Thank you for welcoming this gentleman in so warmly, it seems you've made yourself another friend to annoy.... I mean play with. Razz Just kidding. We all know you're the coolest. And by the way? Living in Florida? Yeah, it can be pretty cool... But it gets effing hot this time of year. Don't listen to Kim about the cold. The coldest it gets, especially in this county is maybe in the mid-30's, maybe only a handful of times a year. You might be lucky enough to see frost from the fog on the grass. That's it, no snow, at least not but for maybe once or twice a decade or something. Trust me, you pray for those days. At least I do. No, I was not born and bred here... but I've lived here since just before I turned 5, so just trust me on this one. We are some of those "crazy" people who go to the beach in the winter because a) there are very little people and no one kicking sand in your face, and b) Richard prefers it that way. I have pictures of him as a baby, naked, splashing in the water in February. We swim at Christmas. It's not as bad as she says it is, I promise. Wink And BTW, congrats on your CC run! You did great!! I haven't run a mile that fast since middle school... and will probably never again either. Heh.

And Kim, don't mind me raggin' on you just a lil' bit, It's just this thing I do. I do it to Mr. Colin true bred Floridian too... "Oooh... it's 70, I gotta go get my leather trench coat or I'll freeze to death" It sends me into gales of laughter and then I start rolling on the floor. Truly. We visited Indiana once when there was a light dusting of snow on the ground (Maybe mid-upper 30's), I had a long sleeve shirt on, carried a jacket, and he's bundled up like that fricking kid on "A Christmas Story" and asking if he can use my jacket too. lol...... You Floridians make me laugh. I guess my Indiana blood still hasn't left me after all these years after all. *hugs* And mornings? I haven't gotten along with mornings since I got a 2nd shift job about 10 years ago. I got used to those hours and my body seems to want to stay on those hours ever since. Unfortunately all of my jobs since then have been morning jobs. Ugh. Including parenting. Why is it that Richard wants to sleep in during the week and then get up at 4 or 5 AM on the weekends? Why? WHY I ask??

Anyway, my long-winded way of weghing in on all of your conversations.... hope I managed to hit all the highlights.

27 Re: Just a quick hello on Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:47 am

Jerry Graham

Thank you for the warm welcome, Chris if I didn't mention it before I apoligize. Same goes for Kim, Kelly Richard and Doc Smile. Ive said before I have other things going on. I think Aspergers was there early on I noticed the symptoms upon recollection from Kindergarden to now. I believe in my heart the other mental illnesses manefested later on, due my being a product of my enviroment. I dont mean my parents either. They were/are very loving and always have been. I think I will hit up the beach today. I have a cousin whom is four in California who we all believe has a form of autism. I am sure his parents are very well aware of it but never mentioned anything about it to us, I dont think they believe in therapy. I was brought up the same way old school. Therapy is for mental midgets, the weak ect. His case is id say moderate to severe. I will never forget the last visit though. He was playing some sort of electric board game. In a nonintrusive way I sat down in the living room on the floor of my aunt and uncles and play right along with him and he was eventaully laughing and having a good time. I don't know how to act with kids, seeing I have none and dont plan on it, but his parents/myfirst cousins were in aw that he didn't freak out seeing that he generally doesnt feel confortable around strangers at all.

On another note Congrats Chris!!!!! I think I speak for everyone when I say we are all proud of you. I need to get into running or some form of cario. I lift weights, push ups, crunchs at the gym and home. I need to incorperate more.I have only got about two months under my belt getting into shape, but im finally seeing some results. Any sugestions for starters Chris?

This is nice to have and im kinda overwelmed, in a good way. Like alot of you I have never experienced any real form of fellowship. I am privileged to be a small part of this association. Be good to yourselves I will try to do the same.

28 Re: Just a quick hello on Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:07 am


LOL @ Kelley.. I will be in sweats by the end of this month. If it's in the 70's, I'm freezing!! I hibernate in the winter.. It's pretty bad when you get goosebumps under on your legs under your jeans in October in Florida Razz Chris pics on me about it too. We went to Michigan and it was snowing. He went outside and wore jeans and a freeking T shirt!! Oh, I have to tell you something, but I'll start a new post..

I am very proud of you Chris!! Incase I missed it, when does school start up there?

Jerry, I think (just my opinion) that we..those on the spectum..can relate to others on the spectrum. That could be the reason your cousin was comfortable with you. I've tried to write what I'm thinking for about 10 minutes now LOL.. but pretty much maybe there is just a vibe.. that we kindof connect. uck, that sounds weird. Maybe you understand what i'm trying to say Have fun at the beach!!

29 Re: Just a quick hello on Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:50 am

Jerry Graham

I do understand. I just hope he gets the help he needs while he is still young. I would never bring up such a thing to the parents, they might take it wrong, it isnt my business and for all I know he is already getting the help he needs. There is definately some genetic link on my mothers side of the family. Great uncle is what they refer to as eccentric/ a hermit by every sense of the word. I email him from time to time. No1 has seen him in 30 years, email and regular mail is all he uses to communicate. There seems to be a beauty in the way we think, the only thing I do not like, in fact detest is the stumbling blocks that seems to be alive and well. I only speak for myself, so dont take it wrong. Take care John Lennon said it best!!! There are no problems, only solutions.

30 Re: Just a quick hello on Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:32 am


Oh yeah, I meant to write something about that too... I've always just "clicked" with babies and kids too... don't know why. But that's one reason I'm great at taking pictures of children - especially babies because I know just what to do to get them to smile and look at me. But babies just always instantly gravitate toward me and grin incessantly... and I love it. I'm pretty clueless on how to take pictures of adults and make it look natural.

Adults? I don't know how to associate with them at all. I tried the whole playgroup thing several times with Richard to give him kids to socialize with when he was in the 18 month-3 1/2 year old range and I was always was off playing with the kids (usually my own since he was a loner too, lol) and the other moms were always talking amongst themselves.

I think there definitely is a connection there... they say autists/aspergers tend to think of themselves as children, or at the very least, much younger than they are... and I definitely know that to be true in my case. Perhaps that is why we relate so well?

31 Re: Just a quick hello on Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:34 am

Jerry Graham

I must admit I am only learning about Aspergers. I know myself well enough if that counts. I guess it caught me off guard because I dont relate to children or adults. He is a cool cousin though. One time when my first cousin was visiting (his mom) from Cali. On a ride to the mall he was crying uncontrolably which is normal. We park, go in the mall still the same! Just like he didnt feel confortable at all. We get in Bells, lol give me a break I needed swim trunks, but Incense Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clocks is playing and he stops the yelling and just acts as if nothing was wrong. The whole ride home he is just real mellow. My little cousin even knows good music generations even before I was thought of. All said and done, I'm proud!!! Over and Out.............

32 Re: Just a quick hello on Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:24 am

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33 Re: Just a quick hello on Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:37 am

man of a million names

Sorry, I've missed so much everybody! I was GOING to reply to one of Robert's posts several messages ago, but I had some things to do, so I minimized it, and Lo! What do I see when I get back? The window has been closed. How wonderful. My utterly and beautifully elegant and charming step-father has decided "Oh, look, one of Chris's windows. He's probably on MySpace or something like that that's always giving the computer viruses. I think I'll close it" He's such a fucking paranoid, illiterate, asshole that he would never 1) read what the window says and/or open the window, 2) do research on MySpace to see how often viruses are transferred from it to our computer (and with all of our firewalls and my sense not to click on potential viruses, that percentage falls to negative infinity), and probably the best thing to do, 3) ask me what the AAA is. And I had a big thing typed up too! and I'm not gonna retype it, since the same thing could easily happen again, and the AAA website here doesn't have a save function. So that would be the next thing that should be updated about this site.

Now, for all of you who congratulated me on my race, I thank you very much. For Robert, Thank you for thanking me for welcoming you. You are very welcome. I need to finish some things up, so I need to get off here, and since I can't save this, I'll have to just post it as is. Apologies that I haven't kept up to date and whatnot. Adios, everyone.

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