Confessions of a Willy Wonka romantic

Confessions of a Willy Wonka romantic


A few years ago, I had the pleasure of going on about a dozen dates with an autistic woman I’ll call C. I had chased her on and off for three years and was quite excited that she’d begun to reciprocate.

Being autistic myself, I thought we would be effortlessly compatible. Instead, it was like seeing myself from the outside, something I cannot do unaided, for the first time in my life.

“What a fascinating, beautifully strange person I’ve discovered!” But how long can I remain enthralled by a world I can never really enter?

At once, many mysteries of my interpersonal life were solved. Before, I understood I had some qualities people commonly find mildly unpleasant (outward coldness, insensitivity, difficulty giving comfort). Little stuff that’s not

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