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happymusic
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12 Nov 2010, 10:06 pm

Yes, animals seem to like me and it's definitely mutual. I love them all, even the ugly poisonous ones.

Small children stare at me with that blank look. I suspect I stare back in exactly the same way.

Once this summer I was on the swings at the playground and this little girl of about 7 came to swing beside me. After a few minutes she started up a conversation with me, but not as a child to an adult, rather peer to peer. She understood me and it was great. I think I was older than her parents, but no one seemed to notice.



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12 Nov 2010, 10:19 pm

Indeed, animals and children seem to really like me. And I feel much more comfortable around them than around my peers. I also have more disposition to play with kids and animals than my peers, but I have less patience to deal with their eventual misbehaviors.



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12 Nov 2010, 10:21 pm

Always. I assumed it was because I am short in stature.



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13 Nov 2010, 3:54 am

Animals yes, children no


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13 Nov 2010, 2:43 pm

Countess wrote:
Always. I assumed it was because I am short in stature.


Hahaha! Yeah, I'm 5 feet tall & so kids seem to have an easier time talking to me. My mom says it's because I appear less intimidating. It took me a while to know how to interact with kids because I couldn't really read what they wanted, especially if they were non-verbal. I was only comfortable around kids once I learned more about their development.

I think me being short is a reason why animals might not be as scared of me either haha! I didn't like dogs that barked incessantly or jumped around all the time, but I was cool with the mellower ones. I also like my neighbor's rabbit b/c he's soft & fluffy. And once a squirrel on campus was nosing around me when I was hanging out outside reading a book.

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The first search I did when joining this site today was "Animals" because I've had a personal theory that our minds (or maybe just mine) are somehow missing some functions of the normal human brain, and therefore we can associate better with the simpler brains of the other mammals.


That's pretty much the premise of Animals in Translation. It can get mildly technical if you're not used to academic writing, but it's still a great book!



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13 Nov 2010, 3:36 pm

I don't really know about little kids never been around any.
Have a neibor kid about ten who is always asking what I am doing.
He stays and watches me, I think that is pretty normal tho.
I only seem to have one way to relate to people I
talk to adults and kids the same way. (another I really am aspie moment)
although with some adults they seem to want foul lingo.

With animals since I have been about six years old animals have gravitated
to me
I like cats the best because they will leave me alone where dogs are
mostly too friendly