posted on Feb, 20 2007 @ 06:41 PM
Hi, I'm a new member of this site, so forgive me if this posting is inappropriate or inconsequential, but I just finished reading the book "Born on
a Blue Day" which is written by the Autistic Savant, Daniel Tammet.
For those of you that aren't familiar with his story, Daniel is a highly functioning Autistic-spectrum savant that also has synthesia, which allows
him to experience numbers as colors, shapes and sounds resulting in amazing abilities in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (algebra
is off limits due to alphanumeric components, i.e. variables).
Why post this on this particular thread, you ask? Because of one particularly interesting recollection that Daniel relates in his book in which he
talks about his lonliness as a young child.
He relates being a young child walking by himself in a playground when a very tall, very old woman in indigo robes approaches him. He talks for a few
sentances about their continued relationship and conversations over what seems to be quite a few weeks and the severance of that relationship and
equates his friend as "imaginary" and a "manifestation" of his beginning to long for friendship.
The passage sent shivers up my spine, because a tall, white haired figure in long indigo robes just brings up the strongest feelings of familiarity
in me, and I know that others have described similar experiences with beings of similar descriptions.
I lent out the book yesterday or I would quote the pg. #, but if anyone has read the book and has any ideas about Daniel's "imaginary friend" I
would love to hear them.
To have a man that doesn't see the point (due to his autism) of fictional novels, have an "imaginary friend" just seems odd...