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Autism: epistolary relationships

August 27, 2015

I enjoy writing and reading way more than talking (most of the time). Even with people I “know well”, talking can be uncomfortable because I don’t know how to keep things flowing smoothly, and/or they persist in talking about things I’m not interested in.

Most of my relationships that have endured more than a few weeks, therefore, have taken place to some degree through snail mail and/or email.

For the purpose of this list, I’m excluding the following:

  • People I wrote to who never responded.
  • People who only responded once. In those cases, (a) I might have not known how to reply, so did not reply, or (b) I replied, and they did not respond a second time.
  • People I wrote to about someone’s death, but we didn’t correspond past that.
  • People I sent gifts to, and they sent thank you notes, but we didn’t correspond otherwise.
  • People whom I correspond(ed) with only on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, or as a commenter on someone else’s blog.

 

Family ~

  1. Aunt Carol
  2. Gramma
  3. JW
  4. KWD
  5. PWA
  6. My parents
  7. My siblings
  8. RS
  9. IV
  10. EB
  11. MFH
  12. LFS
  13. DWA
  14. FW
  15. JF
  16. ASO
  17. CF

 

Friends & Others ~

  1. KBH (begin 1979)
  2. CT-1
  3. BC
  4. DS
  5. MA
  6. BD (begin 1992)
  7. WR
  8. Spouse
  9. CT-2
  10. KMS
  11. LB-1
  12. FZ
  13. RC
  14. JDB (2000)
  15. PSW
  16. DG
  17. WG
  18. TB
  19. CH
  20. VL (begin c. 2002)
  21. LB-2
  22. SVM
  23. GG
  24. TM
  25. SHE
  26. CD (begin 2005)
  27. KJ
  28. RM
  29. JCO
  30. KB (begin 2008)
  31. MB
  32. FH (begin 2011)
  33. AM
  34. MY
  35. MWA
  36. ARR
  37. DA (begin 2013)
  38. JL-1
  39. JL-2
  40. GB
  41. RT
  42. KC
  43. BG
  44. JG
  45. KMA
  46. SF
  47. JS
  48. RL
  49. BT
  50. RG
  51. MS
  52. OP
  53. MJ
  54. EC
  55. CS
  56. RS

I hope I haven’t forgotten anybody.

Many of these relationships were fairly-short (a few months – a couple of years); there are some outliers (like Spouse :)). I value Variety >>> Duration.

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