Welcome To My World

September already and here we are. Greetings once again, dear friends, I hope you enjoyed a good summer, pandemic aside. My plans went awry then revived and I am writing, mending and walking again. Progress! Great to return to Unsung Heroes at Carrot Ranch. My post explores a personal take on lockdown, Asperger’s Syndrome and social anxiety in a different world. As always, keep safe ❤

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‘Welcome to my World’, so said my youngest, V, when lockdown struck.

Almost six months on, I have a deeper glimpse into V’s world. But this is not a temporary world as for most of us.

For V this shall not pass. Not so much.

V was diagnosed ten years ago at eighteen with Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning autistic spectrum disorder – ASD). V struggles with aspects of social communication, such as reading certain social cues. Chronic anxiety, depression and the need to retreat means V is socially avoidant outside the home. Online is where V’s world exists, with friends of many years.

How can you have real friends you’ve never actually met? Such was my worry, before I started blogging. Now I know…we can and we do.  Heck, I met my husband online…but that’s another story.

Lockdown world over means confinement to our home and garden (if fortunate…

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About Sherri Matthews

Sherri's work is published in magazines, anthologies, her Summerhouse blog, and memoir column at Carrot Ranch, an online literary community. As a young mum of three, she emigrated from the UK to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country with her family and two beautiful black kitties. A keen walker and photographer, she is working hard on her memoir. Her 2021 entry to Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize was shortlisted and also received a special mention at Spread the Word Life Writing Prize.
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11 Responses to Welcome To My World

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Hi Sherri, thanks for a brave column, sharing insights from our hero, V!

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  2. Sherri, thank you for sharing your and V’s story. You touch so eloquently on the tension so many of us are feeling, and that V lives with every day.

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  3. An insightful, thoughtful and moving post Sherri. Like you, I’m feeling reluctance to go out – I wonder where we’ll be this time next year.

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    • Hi Andrea, lovely to find your comment here today, huge apologies for my late reply. Such strange times these are and who knows day to day anymore? I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thank you for reading. I look forward to catching up with you asap, and hope you are keeping safe and well, my friend.

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  4. MikeM says:

    You are a hero!

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  5. Ste J says:

    Great piece, lots to reflect on, and great to see you back as well, my friend.

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    • Hi my friend, great to see you again, I have been absent for one reason or another as you know, slow start back up but I am still standing, ha. I’ll be over to catch up with you asap. There is a lot to reflect on, I feel I need to write more on this… Thank you for reading in my absence.

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  6. I’m so grateful to have discovered your blog, Sherri, after you popped by mine for a visit!

    I’ve spent the past six months here in Los Angeles exploring this new interminable reality through my own blog, and trying to find a path forward through it. I can at least say it’s been a period of renewed appreciation for the virtues of kindness, patience, human contact, and moral imagination. What things might look like on the other side of this I can’t speculate (it’s hard to predict how pandemic-induced PTSD will affect things moving forward), but I hope we at least emerge a more empathetic people — more sensitive to the everyday realities of those unlike us.

    Until then, all we can do is use the tools of communication we have at our disposal to express ourselves as honestly as possible. If this post is any indication, your blog will be one to follow…

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