I can very much relate to this author’s description of sensory sensitivities, particularly tactile sensitivities such as to tags in clothing. I am also hypersensitive to sight and sound, but not to smell or taste as some other Autistics I know are. If anyone you love is Autistic, or you work with people who are Autistic, this is important to understand.
I once had a t-shirt that I really wanted to like. It was a souvenir from a trip to Hawaii. The color, the material, the fit, the design–all perfect. It would have been my favorite new shirt, except for one thing.
It had a tiny thread in the collar that scratched my neck. A thread so small that I couldn’t see it. I’d cut out the offending tag and all of the visible stitching holding the tag in place, but that one little thread refused to go.
So I decided that I was going to get used to it. I was going to pretend that evil remnant of plastic thread didn’t exist. If it was too small to see, surely I could ignore it.
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