An Online Romance
One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks.
I'm fascinated about the fact that A. has developed a romance over such a long distance with a friend who is also on the spectrum, but I felt awkward talking about the situation as an observer and as a parent. I thought that, instead, I would interview A. about the situation, and let her explain in her own words. What follows is part one of this interview.
Q: Describe M. What's he like?
A: Funny. Imaginative. He's an amazing voice actor. We have the same interests, and we like to make each other laugh.
Q: What are his interests?
A: Mario, Pokemon, Castle Crashers, Shovel Knight...lots of video games. And music. And TV Shows.
Q: Where did you meet him?
A: Deviant Art. He was browsing through a lot of stuff when he found some Castle Crashers fan art that I had done, which was a picture of the Conehead Groom, which he liked very much.
Q: He lives pretty far away, right?
Q: How do you go on dates?
A: It's simple. We use voice chat. We like to pretend that we go to movies. We look up stuff on YouTube, and we usually like to make hilarious commentary. We usually like to just quote our favorite scenes from it.
Q: What's the best thing about having a boyfriend on the Internet?
A: You get to see what they're doing and all. You can check on them and see how they're doing, plus you get to hear their hilarious stuff and kind words. Of course, the Internet can be dangerous, but we were both careful.
Q: How were you careful?
A: We didn't talk about too much inappropriate stuff - like something too personal, because we know how it feels. We handle the stuff maturely. You have to be careful what you're saying, because if you say something that might make them uncomfortable, it's not going to be a pleasant ending.
(This is part 1 of a 3-part series.)