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Welcome to my world. Wednesday March 12, 2014

A friend recently told me how ashamed she is about her fears for her health. She goes to her doctor often for reassurance. She knows I am the opposite, and felt I would judge her as pathetic.

The fact is, none of my friends are 'normal'. Looking at a list of personality disorders, I can match them all to someone I like/love dearly.

The friend who goes (at her own expense) to work in animal sanctuaries in remote areas of India every year, despite being in her 70's with spinal problems. Yet, she takes a calculator to the supermarket, and sends for the Manager to have a rant at if she thinks she is overcharged by a penny. I would rather have root canal work than go to a restaurant with her (if there are any left where she is not barred!)

The successful businessman who will not let anyone wash his coffee cup in case he is poisoned by detergent, and who hoards bags of crisps in his desk.

A neighbour who mows her grass every day of the year when it doesn't rain, making a hell of a racket, yet will nurse and care for dying friends with endless kindness.

A friend who trains police dogs, who has a huge collection of knickers in every colour and pattern. Traumatised by an incident years back where a tear in her trousers exposed her underwear, she always colour matches her bottom half.

My partner with Aspergers - where to begin?

And me: Having once been very fat, I maintain strict calorie counting. I get weighed once a week, but as I don't want to know exactly what I weigh in case I go bonkers, I get my partner to write it down in a diary I never see.

First I try on a pair of tight jeans, then do my measurements with a tape. To be weighed I have worn the same cotton nightshirt for 25 years. It is torn, but I do not mend it in case the stitches make me weigh more on the scales. I am also accompanied by a small yellow pikachu toy who sits on the cistern to lend moral support, (squeeze him and he says "I wuv you!)

But I'm not mad - am I?

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PWD Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 6:50am

This blog brought a smile to my face I am sure we all have some very strange habits its what makes us human. Just off for a cup of tea have to use the green cup as the tea tastes nicer from it.


Christine Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 8:33am

I enjoyed this blog; it reminded me so much that we are all flawed humans doing what we can to live as best we can. And as flawed humans, we are all unique and special.
A friend once cooed over a child "She's so special" I asked my friend to point out a child who was not special....eagerly my friend looked around her and was in the act of pointing one out to me when she realised what she was doing and stopped.
We are all special and we are all unique and we are all doing the best we can to get by in a world which most of us find increasingly hard to navigate through....

So, Paul, enjoy your tea from your Green Mug, Valerie, give Pikatu a special squeeze and me? I'll go hug my T Rex red plush toy who rarely leaves my side!

Jules Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 10:13am

Haha. Thanks for this Paul, I can't drink tea from dark cups because it doesn't taste as nice. Only white or cream cups will do. :)

Jules Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 10:15am

Lovely blog. Thank you. Made me smile :)

Mary Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 10:15am

Loved, loved, LOVED this blog! Oh, do write more, Valerie. this has made me chuckle!

GetAGrip Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 10:37am

Great post! Makes me try to remember that even though some folks have funny ways (irritating sometimes!) there is usually a wonderful side to them that can often be overlooked. And I too wear the same (tatty) clothes to weigh every week, with the same undies (clean!) to ensure not an ounce is changed; take off my watch, earrings, bracelet, necklace, and then breathe in and pray I have lost weight!

Stan Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 12:31pm

Hi Valerie

I loved reading your blog, and what touched me about it was the openness, tenderness and acceptance with which you described parts of your own personal life, and your reflections of some of the people in your life.

For me, it was a reminder that when we allow ourselves to be open, it invites other people to feel closer to us (I don't know you, and I feel closer to you!!!) In turn, that may enable those other people to feel more open with us - creating deeper more fulfilling relationships relationships and a more authentic world.

Thank you for sharing a part of your world!!! I'm unwell at home on my own, but now feel less alone :-)

valerie Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 12:43pm

Oh I am sorry you are unwell-especially horrible when you are alone.Thank you for your kind response-sending out a big hug,be kind to yourself. Valerie.

Silvia A Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 4:07pm

Thumbs up for this comment.

Anonymous Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 9:25am

Brill blog ! Yup if I chk my friends list between us not a single one of us is on any normality scale, mostly eccentric fun loving souls some happy some not. Bottom line we are all working through some thing just comes out in peculiar ways;) I have also a friend who can't resist a moan at food in restaurant she's hilarious and often gets our bill reduced;))))

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