Hello my bloggy friends.
I just sat down for a babble!
I have been chatting about, wondering about and contemplating all the many collections I have had over the years.
Why have I collected SO many different things?
I know this is not just an Aspie thing, many people have collections. But some of the things I have collected have been a little strange.
My kids collect too
*CAL at the moment collects lids…yep you read that correctly LIDS. These she has off Perfume bottles, ice cream containers, pop bottles, the list goes on.
*AJ’s strangest collection was probably his Mice…what a nightmare they were. We started off with 2 and ended up with 57 and OMGOSH did they stink!!
Thank GOODNESS we had a shed in the garden.
One pet mouse in his bedroom was ok, anymore than that and you need a mask. Well you do with my extra sensitive sense of smell anyway.
I was thinking about why I have collected the things I have collected.
Let me just jump into my time machine and travel back to my first collection.
“LOVE IS” stickers…giggle
I was SOOOOOOOOOOOO obsessed with them, you know I still have them, nearly a full album. I drove my Mom round the twist, with my constant demand for new packs of stickers.
Then there was my Superman cards, I only collected these because everyone at school was collecting them and they gave me a way of talking and being a part of what went on in the playground.
Steel ball bearings…now this one is interesting.
I loved how shiny they were, I loved what they felt like on my face. I loved spinning them around on a circular tray, I could get them to go SO fast. I loved the feel of them rolling around in the palms of my hands. Also my Grandad worked in the car trade, so he would bring me new bags of ball bearings every Thursday evening.
Oh what joy…I’m actually really quite excited replaying that happy memory.
Thank you my lovely loop!!
I have collected SO many things
I wouldn’t be able to blog them all, it would make this blog far too long. I was speaking with a close friend about this today and I know that most of my collections over the years have seemed quite odd. At the moment I have a collection of mugs and rubber bouncy balls. I know that sounds weird but I am at a place in my life where I accept that God made me a little bit different (but not less) We are all different and that is good because if we were all the same it would just be so boring wouldn’t it?!
I said to my friend today I think the reason why I was so obsessed with having a time machine as a teen was because the things I collected gave me happy memories. When I held my collections they gave me visuals and replays, they still do. My collections were my happy thoughts and I was able to use those to help me feel better, more happier and able to cope with the negatives of each day. I was able to tune my loops into one thought and focus that in a positive way.
My strangest collection will always be my frogs.
I collected frogs for QUITE a while. I even had 2 pet frogs called Shrek and Fiona, they were Whites Australian tree frogs. Their croaking was very loud, but they were so very cute.
This collection was quite strange and I just couldn’t stop myself from buying things with frogs on.
I know now why I did it. It was the time I had lost my faith, I had been in a religious sect that had done a lot of damage. I was trying to find my way back.
Fully Rely On God (FROG)
I think as an adult Aspie
Now trying to remember back, I see that my collections have given me focus and been totally harmless. I know that they have seemed obsessive, they probably were to those looking in, I didn’t see that at the time. I believe that was because my collections helped me feel I could belong, be a part of something, have control of a part of my life.
That I could feel happy and excited about simple things.
I have never collected anything of financial value, only sentiment.
I was wondering why others collect, I’m only one person, one opinion.
I don’t know if this is Aspie or not, I haven’t read up on it…I just like to babble.
BUT…I would be VERY surprised if I was told this is Not an Aspie trait.
I don’t mind long comments my lovely bloggy friends, so if you have a story please share it.
I AM VERY INTERESTED!
Love and hugs. xx 🙂