Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quirks #AtoZChallenge

We all have quirks, don't we?

Here are some common ones.

When I was growing up, we had a superstition "walk on a crack, break your mother's back". I still will look out, even today, for cracks in the sidewalk.

I was especially interested in one of the common quirks listed in the article I linked to:  aversion to textures.  Why?  I have a number of these, and they seem to be common in a lot of autistic people, too.

When it was my time to start wearing what we, in the 1960's called "nylon stockings", I could not stand the feel of them on my legs.  It felt like I was receiving tiny electric shocks.

Before that, I would not wear clothing with certain textures I considered harsh. I still won't, today, although clothing tags don't bother me as much as they used to.

I suspect that my autistic brother in law, Bil, has certain textural adversions.  There are many foods he will not eat, for instance.  Some of his favorites won't surprise you:  chicken and chocolate.  One may surprise you:  blue cheese.  It's a strong taste, but he likes it.  He will not normally eat veggies, but sprinkle crumbled blue cheese on it, and he (sometimes) will.

There is one more thing he does, though, that is just "Bil". In the middle of a conversation that has no funny content, he will sometimes start laughing. It doesn't last long.  "What's so funny?" his mother may ask, but in an accepting way.  I don't think it is related to anything sensory but I've also read it can sometimes be a reaction to pain.
Do you have any quirks?


  1. Hi - what an interesting read - I can believe the food aversions or likes ... at least Bil eats and as you say he's probably healthier than many. I too can't wear a lot of materials - nylon, polyester and wool being some ...

    The sudden laughing is an interesting aspect - does it show in his eyes?

    I have plenty of quirks I'm sure .. but they are secret!! Cheers Hilary

    1. I have not looked in his eyes prior. It happens a lot if we are eating (because that's when a lot of our interaction occurs unless we are one on one with im) and I'm paying more attention to the conversation of others.

  2. Good to catch up with you again! I was lagging behind, and I lost a few blog links in the rush.

    Quirks... I'm sure I have plenty. I can't wear high necks. They make me very uncomfortable. Not even a simple chain around my neck on a daily basis. And I have an obsession for orderliness. Can't work in chaos!

    Oh many more I guess! :P

    Do stop by my blog again sometime!
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @

    1. I've lost several blogs so I am glad you returned. Thank you! I will be visiting again.

  3. Chicken and chocolate sound like a weird combination. Definitely quirky. Although, I do know of lot of people who have an aversion for clothing textures. I believe, you have very sensitive skin and that explains your aversion for your nylon stockings.

    1. Thankfully, dress codes have changed, and I haven't had to wear nylons/pantyhose for years. Thank you for stopping by. The Mexicans, by the way, do make a sauce called mole for chicken which is served with chicken but I am not a fan of it.


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