In the autumn of 2020, I was working at an outdoor program to look after kids whose parents were working during COVID. To protect us from the heat, we were all in tents.

“I’m dumb and stupid.”

Dylan said this to me matter-of-factly. I stopped what I was doing (playing Fire Emblem Heroes on my phone) and looked at him.

He was seven years old and tall for his age. He didn’t know how to write his name or numbers; his fives and twos looked exactly the same, and his Ys were always backwards. “Why would you say that?” …


I’m Nami! I write about autism, comics, and my life— less often than I should, but when I do, I try to make it worth your while. Twitter: @breezecast

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