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The Princess and the Pea, Just Let Me be Me

July 27, 2020

There was once a little girl who longed to be like you.

She longed to be like others but was mistaken to be aloof.

She struggled and struggled when it was time to go to sleep.

Every little sound, every little peep; why, oh why couldn’t she go to sleep?

The Princess and the Pea, Just Let Me be Me

Ah, but there was relief!  Routine brought comfort.

And as long as it was there, she could repeat to her retreat.

Her mother referred to her as “The Princess and the Pea”;

Because she also knew about her sensitivity.


The world could be pretty demanding.

Growing up and conforming seemed pretty challenging.

Academically, school was never an issue.

But socially, she felt like she didn’t have a clue.

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Being especially bright, she began to find a way to fit in.

She camouflaged her interests and joined right in.

Life was never easy, always pretending to be…

She began to get sick and wondered, “What is wrong with me?”


It wasn’t until much later in life that she began to get an answer.

ASD/High Functioning Autism – also known as Asperger’s…

Since the diagnosis, she could finally feel free. “Aha! I can finally be me!”

For, you see, the “Princess” IS really me.

This article was featured in Issue 95 – Managing Autism Together

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