Words can be confusing!!
That’s no contradiction, words can used to build bridges and be harmful, they can be used to share information and rumors alike (especially in the political world, but enough about that.) One apt example can be seen in the first Home Alone movie and the character of Old Man Marly, an old man who looks scary but you later find out that the rumors aren’t true.
That is not me being a contradiction, but consider how words are used in our everyday life, we use words that may have been lost in translation and later on, we wonder the context behind them. The late comic genius George Carlin made fun on these topics frequently on his stand up specials and those concepts are still funny today as they were then, perhaps they are funny since they have some truth to them….
Now, imagine being me, a Spectrumite who can have trouble, not so much with words, but with social cues. Street names and route number are good, but without visual clues to help, I feel lost especially in the big cities. The point is that I think in pictures, like my Autistic Hero, Dr. Temple Grandin, and when words come into play, I sometimes feel bad when things are lost in translation.
To help my cause socially improve, when I meet new people, I like to heed the words of Dr. Grandin, and observe nuerotypicals in their natural habitat, then there are times when observing recalled that I couldn’t just observe, but needed to be an active participant. Being a bartender’s son made particpation a requirement for me to try to talk to others, which has made it easier with practice and more forgiving audiences, those who knew me from my family. The community that I live in has helped me more and more each day but still the problem exists, mild as it can be at times.
That said, though, I know that my struggle with words and tones people use is nothing like the misunderstandings that Spectrumites like me have dealt with and continue to deal with to this day, but with support, understanding and encouragement, we can overcome our shortcomings and stand alongside out brothers and sisters, together finding a way to….