Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hello, I'm Dennis and I'm an Aspie.

On Thursday night, I met up with a friend and went to an Aspergers/Autism support group sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota. So, this would be the first time I would meet other people with Aspergers/Autism.

It was a good time. It was kind of like finding your people. While there were people who were more affected than I was, I saw a lot of myself in them. It was interesting to get into the small groups and have some people talking about the issue at hand, others talking about something else, others playing cards and others looking down and just being quiet. Being that I was in a library with interesting books, I did what I have done in the past, took a book and started looking at it. A few years ago, I did that at a church board meeting, and was chastised for seemingly not caring about the issue at hand.

I'm not advising that I should continue reading books during meetings. But it does put in some perspective.

The thing was, seeing other people act like I did, made me understand that I'm not alone. There are others like me.

I most definitely will be going back and will try to get Daniel to go to the group for spouses. Lord knows he is going to need someone to talk to about my odd ways and he needs to know he isn't alone either.

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