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An akward good morning by Xenia Malathraki
 

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  • For the last three years of my life i 've been getting the most adorable and akwcard good morning by one of my students. His name is Thomas or Tom as he prefers to be called. He is an autistic teenager at the school where i work. He is high functioning althought he has also mental retardeness.
    Tom has no friends . He avoids eye contact and feels uncomfortable with stranger . His mind is filled with a lot of different information He knows the school schedule by heart as well as the names of the teachers. He has a robotic way of speaking and he loves writing notes. He also likes drawing where he uses only three colours . He cannot change his routine and gets very nervous and aggressive when things do not happen according to the timetable.
    Tom often gives me strange looks when i cannot see him and sents me notes with uncomprehensible writtings. It is very hard to communicate his feelings but we can talk about his day at home or at school.
    It seems that we have a special connection which I am not aware off.
    So every morning i enter in the school yard he spots me from miles away , comes towards me and shοuts from a safe distance "GOODMORNING XENIA" . He repeats his greetings several times until i answer back " Good morning Tom" Then he quickly walks away from me shouting "Xenia you are dead"
    A few minutes later the bell rings….. to get us back to our daily program at school.
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