Raw Literature: Asperger’s, Voice and the Search for Identity

My guest post features at Carrot Ranch today. I’m honoured for the opportunity to write about a subject close to my heart and share my passion for increasing awareness of the impact of Asperger’s on Aspies and their families, in the hopes of a better understanding.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

By Sherri Matthews

The first few pages of the children’s book, ‘Are you my Mother?’, both captivated and troubled me as a girl. The story tells of a baby bird who hatches while his mother is away from the nest looking for food.  The hatchling flies the nest to look for her, but he has no idea what either he nor his mother, looks like.  He asks everything from a kitten to a boat, ‘Are you my mother?’, but to no avail.  Then he starts to cry.

Thankfully, unlike the baby bird, I didn’t have to search for my mother. But I questioned my identity when, after my parent’s divorced and I no longer lived with my dad,  I was told to use my stepfather’s surname. In 1970’s Britain, I was the only one of my friends from a so-called broken home; I understood it was to save…

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About Sherri Matthews

While writing to publication of her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', Sherri has been published in national magazines, websites and four anthologies in memoir, essays, articles, poetry and flash fiction. Sherri raised her children in California, and today lives in England with her husband, Aspie youngest and their pet menagerie fondly called ‘Animal Farm’. As well as writing, Sherri keeps out of trouble gardening, walking, and taking endless photographs, a few of the better ones she shares on her blog A View From My Summerhouse.
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33 Responses to Raw Literature: Asperger’s, Voice and the Search for Identity

  1. LucciaGray says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. I can identify with many of your experiences and feelings.

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  2. Sue says:

    What a marvellous, uplifting post, Sherri

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Thank you for sharing your insights with us and for connecting the Summerhouse and the Ranch!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mike M says:

    So wonderfully written and your empathy is so powerful and pure.

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  5. Heyjude says:

    An interesting story Sherri; both you and Aspie daughter have had it tough recently. I wish you both a gentle and positive year ahead.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. 1WriteWay says:

    Lovely post, Sherri. My best to you and your Aspie and the rest of your family.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. mihrank says:

    such beautiful post, positive energy and motivational!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Norah says:

    Great post, Sherri, and nice to see you sharing it over at the Ranch. I think it is important to share information about the Aspie’s experience to help us all develop a little more understanding and acceptance.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Norah, thank you so much for your kind comment here and at the Ranch. I apologise for taking so long to reply to your comment here, but I found it in my spam just now, along with your comment on my Anthology book tour post. The good news is I’ve released you from spam prison, so you shouldn’t have any problem posting here now 🙂 I’ve had this same thing happen many times with WP and although Akismet always sort it out, they never can give a reason why it happens. Hopefully your other comments are going through on other posts now…

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  9. Beautiful and heart-rending Sherri. Your child seems to have hit upon the key: not to worry about our ethnic backgrounds or nationalities, but to search for that human connection with one another so vital to us all.

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  10. Tina Frisco says:

    A profound post, Sher. It speaks to the ‘other’ in me. Beautifully written and video-worthy ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Lovely post Sherri. I commented over at the ranch.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Juliet says:

    I missed this piece last week at the Ranch. Sorry. It’s beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

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