At the book store yesterday, I came across Don Gabor's How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends.
On one of the first pages is a cartoon showing two people at a party, giving off "closed" body language. The bubble over their heads says, "How come no one talks to me?"
It is written for adults, but I picked it up, thinking it might explain a lot to Riley. She is often,"closed" in social situations. Shoulders hunched, head down,all folded in on herself from fear.
If Riley was okay with not being social, that would be one thing, but she isn't. She wonders all the time, why no one talks to her. She wonders why no one seems to hear her when she does try to chime in(head down, looking away).
My dream for this girl is not to be prom queen. I want her to have a couple of friends. Good ones, she can trust.
In the film Normal People Scare Me, there is a girl with autism who is in college. She says there, it's okay to be weird, and she's found her own "weird little bunch" to hang around with.
Riley will find her bunch one day. I know she will.
And they are so gonna love her.