Suzie Sterling lives in a strange and beautiful place, and because of her magical grandpa she has to balance between school and the world of the supernatural. [RATED YA]

Chapter 4: The Tantamount Tot - Page 8

24th Aug 2020, 10:39 AM

Chapter 4: The Tantamount Tot - Page 8

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JitterbugJive

JitterbugJive 24th Aug 2020, 10:39 AM
Hooray, random people we'll never see again! Little old lady's heart's in the right place, mostly. A little awkward.
When I shared the script with a couple of my autistic friends they insisted the old lady say 'Bless her heart'. Seems like a common phrase people use when referring to autistic children.


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24th Aug 2020, 11:24 AM
Guest
Too accurate
Alicia the Bard
24th Aug 2020, 2:41 PM
Alicia the Bard
I always laugh when I hear/see "Bless your/his/her/their heart." It doesn't carry the original connotation anymore, but it used to be a way of saying, "I don't want to be mean, but you're stupid." Anymore when people say it, they never carry that connotation of it. Its really become a phrase that each generation hears and adopts without knowing its original meaning. Some people now use it in a positive manner of a way of saying thank you. However, this part may change state to state.
JitterbugJive
24th Aug 2020, 2:48 PM
JitterbugJive
It definitely comes off as quite a passive aggressive phrase, and when it comes to saying it about kids with autism it seems like another way of saying that they are pitiful, that they NEED the blessing because they don't function properly. Another meaning could imply 'this person is struggling and it's sad'. It's just a passive 'polite' way of saying it.
25th Aug 2020, 9:14 AM
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I'm so sorry to here that. I know the meaning varies form state to state, but the way I was raised. we are supposed to pray for everyone. A good christen, doesn't mean to say that to be mean. for me it's like well I have this Treasure chest that I want to share it with the other wonderful people in the word disorder or not. makes me sad to here that the saying is being misused to hurt.
JitterbugJive
25th Aug 2020, 11:33 AM
JitterbugJive
I know 'God bless you' and 'Bless you' are generally considered positive, but yeah 'Bless your heart' has multiple meanings nowadays, I'm sure there are people who use it genuinely but I know it's often a more sarcastic or pitying remark. People who use it for pity aren't really trying to be cruel, generally speaking, but the phrase can still come off a bit condescending if not used right.
24th Aug 2020, 11:17 PM
ShiaMaria
As someone with autism, it always annoys me when people assume that the reason that autism is the only reason that people act strange. Well, at least she didn't say "poor thing" or "poor dear," that would have been even more insulting.
KarToon12
24th Aug 2020, 6:17 PM
KarToon12
Yep. This girl is probably a changeling. Especially since the changeling myth most likely started from families with autistic children who didn't understand why their child was acting "different".
JitterbugJive
24th Aug 2020, 9:57 PM
JitterbugJive
It's a real shame what happened to some of those kids just because people didn't understand their behaviors.
26th Aug 2020, 4:38 PM
Robbie
I am autistic and am just fine thank you very muck miss
26th Aug 2020, 4:39 PM
Robbie
*much