A quick and simple reason that The Good Doctor is already helping people spot what autism might look like in a not-negative way:
I was at the grocery store with mom, waiting for her to finish at the checkout. I had my No Gloom ‘Shroom in my mouth and was twiddling my thumbs to stim. I didn’t assume the pose consciously; it was noisy and I was trying to bear it until my mom got her change put away.
A little girl (probably 6 or 7 years old) looked at me, looked over her shoulder as her mom led her towards the door and turned to look over her other shoulder as she exited the door. Then I heard her shout, “Mommy, that lady acts like Shaun on TV!”
Her mom didn’t miss a beat and said, “Maybe she’s autistic like Shaun.”
"Close the floor. Close the floor. CLOSE THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW!!!"
*context* : our party fell into a maze dungeon full of undead and minibosses. So far all had been avoided when we reach a door that leads to a room with bones, flesh and other….horrors. In the center of that was a child vampire given orders by her “mommy” to kill anyone who passed through.
Our Antipalidan: “So is there any way to go AROUND you?”
Vampire kid: *sarcastically* “The walls”
Our Mercenary *rolls nat 20 to punch a wall, revealing a room full of bones*
My Swashbuckler: “Whats that?”
Vamp: “Oh thats my sisters room”
Antipalidan: “Close the wall!” upon which the mercenary covers the wall and rolls another nat 20 to punch the other wall.
DM: you see a dragon pinned up and broken to the point it can only spit acid
Swashbuckler: “Close it!” Mercenary covers the wall again.
Mercenary: “Fuck it. Im gonna roll to punch the ceiling” *rolls ANOTHER NAT 20 and we see a kitchen*
All of us climb up a rope and the antipalidan starts yelling.
“Close the floor. Close the floor. CLOSE THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW!!!”
Our DM threw the mercenary’s dice to make sure it wasnt loaded (it wasn’t) and broke because we successfully avoided any fight when he planned out every little detail.
DM to our Mercenary: “Add a plus twenty to damage when its towards structures or buildings”
So baby dragon gotta get supplies for school. Dragon mommy and baby dragon do their usual shit, playing with literally everything.
They have their fun.
And baby dragon Kanna finds this little backpack charm and she just loves it and thinks it’s so rad.
But then her one backpack alone is like 38000 yen, which is like 350+ American dollars, but her thing is only 500 yen. And Kanna’s pink human mommy is like “wow that’s mad expensive, hold on lemme get my card.” Kanna thinks she’s putting financial strain on human mommy because of how expensive her supplies are, so she puts her 500 yen charm back on the rack.
WHICH PINK MOMMY NOTICES.
AND WHEN THEY’RE AT THEIR LAST SHOPPING STOP, SHE JUST LOOKS AT HER MOMMY SO SWEETLY.
She’s concerned and is so shook about life she needs to hold her mommy’s hand.
And to top it all off, she even tries to find ways to give back to her mommy.
She’s such a sweet little dragon bean, that pink mommy is just like, no, my little girl deserves at least this tiny little trinket.
And baby dragon is about to cry, like maybe she feels she doesn’t deserve it, but human mommy just loves her so much it hurts, and baby, in turn, loves human mommy so much it hurts.
Maybe I’m reading into this a bit much, and while I could do that, I could also just as easily read between these lines with a fuck you because I’m crying, this is like the total opposite of a tragic heartbreak and I’m not-so-low-key sobbing here.
Congrats! And I'm sorry but does anyone notice that you have your mom under mommy, cause I thought I was the only one who still calls there mom mommy!
when i was in 8th grade full-blown emo phase i was like “mommy can i call you something besides ‘mommy’. im a teenager i need to grow up.” and she was like “yes of course!!! absolutely sure” and i was like “cool thanks m….. mm…. mmmooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…y” i couldnt say it i couldnt not say mommy