Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
On Saturday Bryn and I were on the tube returning home after going out for lunch. There was a young boy sitting across from us with his grandmother. After about five minutes of him staring at us, he got up and sat beside me. He introduced himself as Isaac and asked where we were going. I told him we were going home, and he responded by saying his grandmother was taking him to the Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaurs. I talked with him for a while and he asked if I could go with him to the museum. His grandmother agreed that we should go so Bryn and I spent the afternoon with them.
When I was talking and interacting with Isaac I did not notice anything special about him, but when Bryn and I got home he said how Isaac reminded him of me. Now, when I think about it, Isaac and I did share a lot of personality traits, mannerisms, and quirks. He was like me, only smaller. We had exchanged contact information with Isaac’s grandmother and later that night we received an email from her thanking us for giving our afternoon up to make a boy happy. She said she was very surprised when Isaac began to speak to me as he has Autism and does not speak to people outside of his family very often. She explained that he has always been a shy child and it takes a long time for him to feel comfortable around new people. Despite this, he did not stop talking about me all evening and asked if we could spend some more time together. I emailed her back and explained about my Autism and said I would also like to get to know Isaac more as well. We are going to meet again on Saturday.
I really enjoyed seeing how Bryn interacted with Isaac. It is how I imagine how he is with me and it makes me feel even luckier to have him. I really do not know where I would be without Bryn and I wish I could show this to him better.