Happy New Year! What? Is there something wrong with celebrating the new year mid-March? Deal with it. OK, OK. I thought if I came in “Wrong But Strong” I could bully you into forgetting how wayward I’ve been with my blogging. But seriously, you guys? I’ve had tons of RL shiz popping off. Lots of life changes, and exciting goings-on. This awesome story happened a while back, but I’m so happy about it, I had to share. And, I wanted to start off my new year of blogging hopefully inspiring you folks a bit.
So, here’s the tea: my good friend, S, is a superhero who works with kids with autism spectrum disorders. If you don’t know, I am very interested in autism and I really don’t think it gets enough attention. S and I talk about autism all the time, and we are both huge fans of Temple Grandin, one of the leading animal behavior experts, autism advocates and a high-functioning autistic.
I first learned about Temple when I watched a biopic of her life , simply called “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes. If you haven’t seen this movie, it needs to go on your list. Claire Danes is incredible as Temple. After meeting Temple in real life, I can safely say that she perfectly captured her idiosyncrasies, humor, and feisty spirit. As a young woman with a little-understood disorder in the 1950s, this story of “the woman who thinks like a cow” is so inspirational to me. Seriously. She overcame crazy odds to earn advanced degrees and innovate autism therapies.
Long story short, S asked me to speak at an annual conference on autism spectrum disorders. I was going to offer tips on interpersonal communication (what my degree is in), as well as grooming and dating tips. BUT, the conference wrapped up way early, so I didn’t get to speak. Ah well. I still got to hang around, meet people, and hear Temple speak at that night’s dinner.
How did I meet her? Well, S was Temple’s escort for the evening, so she had to drive her back to the hotel at the end of the night. She asked me to tag along, and I made it my mission to take at least ONE pic of S with Temple since she hadn’t gotten any. At first I was so nervous to chat with Temple, but she was great. Very funny. I asked her about her squeeze machine (!), which she said she no longer needs. Awesome!
Here’s a pic of Temple and me. Those are little animal pins on her lanyard. I love her!
Isn’t this cool? I know, no need to tell me. It’s rare to meet one of your heroes and she is exactly the same in person. Meeting Temple Grandin was killer, but it was just one of the dope things that happened while I’ve been away. Stay tuned. I’ll fill you guys in ASAP! Thanks for stopping by! xx