Monday, November 19, 2007
Okay. So, I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I misunderstood the fascinating author John Elder Robison being interviewed on the radio this morning. I believed him to say he grew up with Ass Burgers. Can you imagine? I LOVED that! Who can resist, tuning in and hearing that remarkable life story!?
Did he grow up in a family of cannibals? Were his parents burger chefs that enjoyed butt meat more than anything?
He said he didn't have many friends. He felt socially awkward and didn't know how to act around his peers and became more shy and withdrawn. He was not comfortable looking at someone in the eye when he talked. Instead, he turned to look away or look down at the ground.
I continued to listen to his story and my heart broke hearing his shame from eating those ass burgers during a time I grew up eating and (very much enjoying) rump roast ... which is still my most favorite meal today.
"Don't feel ashamed!!" I wanted to shout to the radio. "That could have been some really good ass burgers!"
Now I feel ashamed. As it turns out, he didn't suffer from ass burgers, but Asperger's.
I went online and google-searched his name to read more about his burger story -- only to discover what he was really talking about.
It's a syndrome that makes him feel lonely and isolated and withdrawn lacking in empathy toward others. On the other hand, it also makes him very visual and it gives him the ability to focus on something for hours and hours at a time. He also has a remarkable memory.
He talked of being 2-years-old visiting his grandmother in Georgia , sitting under a rocking chair and in his memory, he can still feel the cold concrete underneath him and hearing his grandmother say, "Little John Elder! Keep yer fingers and them toes away from those rockers, ya hear?" And he still remembers the feel of the sharp pebbles and the sand on her driveway under his feet and the smell of the red clay as if it were yesterday.
Isn't that incredible!? Well, it can be. That vivid recall can be good or bad depending on your memories.
I have never heard of Asperger's until today.
But I found it fascinating and I think I know some people during my life who has lived with "ass burgers" too.
I want to read his book one of these days soon. (Once I finish reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Schulz And Peanuts. It could take me awhile. Didja know it took me more than a year to read Fried Green Tomatoes? ). Don't cringe!
I'm embarrassed to admit I'm much better at reading PEOPLE magazine than I am of a novel. But I am working toward a goal of reading one book a year. (I just don't want to over-commit).
I tend to enjoy more active and interactive situations than sitting under a well-lighted lamp reading a book in silence by myself.
I don't know if that means I have Attention Deficit Disorder or Dyslexia, but I do know I certainly don't have Asperger's Syndrome.
Just thinking about that, made me hungry. And, I thought of what I would give, to eat a Rump Roast Dinner tonight.
And guess what? I did! I think it was a better cut of roast than the actual rump, but Kelly and Matt invited me over for a roast dinner tonight that Matt actually cooked up!! It was delicious. And it didn't cost me a cent. THANKS KELLY AND MATT!
Posted by doodlegirl at 7:53 PM