A poke in the eye.

11 Sep

People with Asperger’s tend to be very literal-minded. This can be either frustrating or hilarious, depending on the situation. Very occasionally it can be both at the same time, like this morning:

Scene: I am playing an online game, and Boyo is talking incessantly annoying distracting supervising watching me. I make a move that garners me 3 points out of a possible 10…

Boyo: Awww, you should have got ten points for that move!

Me: Well, I didn’t. And anyway, three points is better than a poke in the eye.

Boyo: What’s a poke in the eye?

Me: It’s a poke… in the eye.

Boyo: [Mimes poking himself in the eye] Like this?

Me: Yep.

Boyo: Why is three points better than a poke in the eye?

Me: [After taking a moment to process this question] Well, which would you rather, three points or a poke in the eye?

Boyo: [Actually pauses to consider the pros and cons] Three points.

Me: Me too.

Boyo: Oh, okay. [Mercifully wanders off so that I can succumb to hysterical laughter

Tech Support: [Giggling fairly hard himself] Do you think it matters what does the poking?


3 Responses to “A poke in the eye.”

  1. Leonie September 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Love it! We have a couple of real pearlers the kids come out with. My favourite and one that has been around for about 2 years and doesn’t seem to be fading away is Zac’s use of “I have spare feet” or “he’s got a spare bottom” he means “bare” and every time I hear it I giggle on the inside and make no attempt to correct him 🙂

  2. 2paw September 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Fabulous story, they can be ever so literal!!

  3. Kate September 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm #


    love the self-control of you and Tech Support

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