Aside from our wit, intelligence, and charm (*cough*), we Aspies are also known for having what is sometimes termed Special Interests, meaning that thing we just can’t seem to get enough of, long after our dear friends are tired unto death of hearing about it.
Over the course of my lifetime, my special interests have included (in no particular order):
- cats (one of my first words was “kitty” and when I was eight I wrote and illustrated a cookbook for cats. That’s “for”, not “with”);
- insects (thanks to my best friend Scott, who had a field full of same behind his house);
- license plates, prime numbers, and phone numbers (still ongoing…);
- the harp (like Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, I actually do play one. OK, two); and
- King Arthur.
Over the last couple of years, though, my down-time has dwindled to nearly none, thanks to far too much work (see “The Cure for Urgent,” which I wrote several months back when I discovered that all work and no play makes me a resentful girl…). And with that went any Special Interests, other than collapsing in front of the TV at the end of the day.
And then… a happy series of little coincidences led to the discovery that I love — LOVE, I tell you — to build models. I was given a Cylon Raider model kit for my birthday, shortly after Christmas, and found to my absolute astonishment that although I am infamous for being testy and impatient at the best of times, just put a model in front of me and I will sit quietly for hours, happily at work, toothpicks and tweezers in hand, peaceful as a Buddha.
From the Cylon Raider, I moved on to assemble a model Mosquito Bomber, of the kind my grandfather flew in World War II, and that in turn led to discovering a wealth of information about who my grandfather actually was (he flew with the elite 464 Squadron, aka. The Gestapo Hunters, and spent his war years cheerfully bombing the crap out of the Nazis) and becoming fascinated with Mosquito Bombers in general.
The full text of the blog I wrote about this discovery is here, on my other blog (I have two — this one deals with Asperger’s, the other one is for non-Asperger topics), if you care to look.
And for those of you who have already read that, or just want to get to the meaty bits, here below are the photos of my little model Mosquito, from start to nearly finished. I just put the bulk of the decals on her yesterday, and now just have to order the specialized insignia letters and numbers to make it my grandfather’s plane.
And now if you’ll excuse me, a bowl of water, a sheet of microscopic decals, and a pair of tweezers are calling my name.
– Asparagus Girl, out.