A popular saying that fits me, an Aspie, pretty well: I really do like people; I just don’t like being around them much.
Having guests means “social interaction” and so I don’t welcome it or seek them. That’s why those who are guests in my Mom’s house usually find me in my bedroom. That is if they care to look. There is an exception. I do enjoy the visits of the children in the family who think I’m the neatest Great Aunt in town with all my electronic gadgetry.
There are times when company comes calling and I know it would be a social ‘no-no’ to refuse their presence. One of those times was when I did a two-week dog sitting tour for some family members who live out in the country in Eastern Oklahoma.
The sweet solitude in the hills of Oklahoma was interrupted by guests — a nephew, his girlfriend, and her Australian Shepherd dog. Along with the dogs, I was sitting, we had four dogs under one roof. It was a good thing I brought my sedative pills along with the anti-depressant I take daily.
The night I was waiting for them to arrive was one long night … and I do mean a long night. I knew they were coming after they got off work. They both work at the same place and since they get off late, it meant they would be arriving in the wee hours of that morning. I couldn’t get my mind off of it and so I saw every half-hour on my Amazon Echo digital display clock.
One of the dogs let out a holler around 3 a.m.; not that she woke me up. I looked out and didn’t see any vehicle. I let the dogs out for a bit. I even walked out carrying a big flashlight and didn’t see anything. I later realized they parked their jeep in the garage and I didn’t notice it when I was roaming in the dark. I noticed the dogs kept smelling around the guest room. The mystery was solved when I saw someone switch the bedroom light on.
I gave up on any notion of sleep-eye. Asperger’s and company mix as well as oil and water. And, one being someone I had never laid eyes on fed my anxiety. The three dogs I was sitting for couldn’t sleep either because they were itchin’ to investigate what they were smelling that was on the other side of the door. Unbeknownst to them, one of the scents belonged to an Australian Shepherd dog.
The three dogs got their breakfast early at 7 a.m. since I didn’t have to get up because I was already UP! The young-uns got up around 10:30 a.m. Well, at least some people got some sleep that night. After I talked to them a bit, I escaped going shopping by myself to get a break from socializing. I dearly love my nephew being his favorite aunt, but it felt so good to be away by myself for a while.
My anxiety over the long night diminished as the day wore on since the couple pretty much did their own thing today. They were the ideal “Aspie” guests! My nephew’s sweet girlfriend had a brother who has hi-functioning Autism too. She described him as a computer wizard. Well, now he’d be somebody I’d be delighted to meet since I’m into computers too. Her having a brother like me gave me something to connect to her with.
It was good to see them, but I admit I was in “recuperation” mode after they left. I was back in my “comfort” zone when the house was back to just me and the three dogs.