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Autism: Tapestries

01 Dec

When I was a child my Aunt had a wall mural along one wall in her basement. It was framed like a window, and even had a curtain. Since her couch was against this wall, I didn’t spend as much time, maybe, as I would have liked looking at that mural.

I am not sure if she still has that mural on her wall as I moved across the country 17 years ago, and haven’t been in her house since.

When I was a teenager, there was one day when several of us were visiting at a friend’s house. For whatever reason, which I cannot now remember, we were visiting in her sister’s room (her sister wasn’t there, but in my memory I don’t have the impression that we shouldn’t have been in there.)

On one wall of her sister’s room, there was also a mural. Two of my friends were on the bed, which was along the wall with the mural. They were doing a hypnosis game, which we did a lot in those days. Another friend and I were sitting on the couch facing the mural.

As I was sitting there, I suddenly felt myself transported into that picture, which was of a forest, and for many minutes I was imagining that I was walking along one of the trails into the woods. As I was ‘walking along’ I felt a presence to my right, with an awareness that someone was walking along another trail to that side of me.

A few minutes later, the friend on the couch beside me (as I was sharing what I had been imagining) told us that she had, at the same time, been imagining that she was walking along that other trail to my right.

Pictures.

I can get lost in pictures, and in fact frequently do. Perhaps that is why I like Pinterest so much, and spend so much of my time perseverating on that site.

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A few days ago, as I was looking through my… I don’t know what it is called… feed??? Anyway, as I was looking through Pinterest, I came to a picture of Christmas tapestries. Immediately my interest was piqued, and I followed through to the site where they sold these tapestries.

They did have a lot of Christmas ones, and I really liked them – but they also had forests, and beaches, waterfalls, the night sky, cities… so many beautiful pictures. I spent hours looking through them, for even in these tiny representations of the much larger tapestries, I could see that they were realistic enough that in looking at them I could be transported in my mind to other places and experiences.

I think that if I were going to get a tapestry (and I can see what huge benefit this would bring to my life) I wouldn’t just want one. I would get several, and change them depending on my mood or what season it was.

And I would spend hours staring at my wall and imagining I was somewhere else.

How magnificent would that be?

 

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