Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Saying Hello to Teddy

It had been a while since I saw Teddy the Yorkie. One of the disadvantages of living on my own is the absence of pets. I've thought about getting one, but as several people have pointed out, "Aaron, as much as you travel whatever pet you got would grow to hate you." With that being so I have had no serious thoughts about getting a pet, but the emptiness felt from not having a pet is still there.

It had been almost two months since I had any interaction with a dog. For most of my life from the age of 5 onward I had pets in the house. I interact differently with pets and feel at ease around them. Gone are the social subtleties. Gone are the multiple meanings behind saying and actions. What you see is what you get and animals often are drawn to me.

So yesterday I couldn't wait any longer and I returned to my dad's house to say hello to the Yorkie. I was worried he would have forgotten me, but my fears were misplaced and he seemed elated to see me. The time passed quickly though and when it was time to leave I felt sad. I didn't realize how much I missed the daily interactions with animals. Eventually I'm going to have to figure out a way to make having a pet work, but for now my home will have to be petless as I simply am gone too much.


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  4. Caroline @ Caroline Oesch on fbDecember 30, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    wow, i am so impressed.... my son has aspergers, far on the spectrum.... he is having a hard time adjusting and just throwing it around like an excuse or something to blame. He is almost 13 and was diagnosed at 6... 4 times (yeah, I was in denial)... any suggestions?

  5. @Caroline: why were you in denial? Do/Did you see Asperger's as something bad? If so, maybe that's part (!!) of why your son has troubles with the diagnosis. Teach him it's not just something bad, but show him the good sides of the diagnosis too. Also show him he's fine the way he is, with both good and bad sides to him, like any other person. :)
    Did you know Albert Einstein probably had Autism too? I'm just saying, Autism isn't a recipe for failure, it's just a different way of viewing the world. The reason it can be hard sometimes, is because the world has trouble adjusting to this way of view and is demanding for the person with Autism to adjust.
    But if the adjusting comes a little bit from both sides, it becomes manageable and suddenly you'll find there's great talent behind all the struggle. :)

  6. Knowing WHY my child was different, and working out how her brain worked...even without a formal diagnosis...did not give her a Get Out of Jail Free card for misbehaving or anything else. She can't use it as an excuse..but as an explanation. Yes, we work around it...but I can out-stubborn the stubborn.