To me, the terms “family” and “loved ones” vary and are broad. In my opinion, family is more than my parents and sisters. Don’t get me wrong; I love my sisters and my parents (even you, Dad)—that’s a given. But I also love my girlfriend of 8 years, Allie. I love her more than I can ever say or express.
I also care deeply about the people at my agency here in Baltimore…even the people who drive me ABSOLUTELY INSANE! They annoy the Hell out of me, but I try avoiding them as a sign of respect. I absolutely “love” my bosses and coworkers at my two jobs. Now, obviously when I say I “love” it is obviously not in the literal or romantic way. I just deeply respect and admire them. I do not love them the same way I love, say, my sisters or parents, or even Allie.
That’s all love is to me: A deep respect and admiration for someone. It does not always have a sexual or romantic undertone. Please understand that. I do have a “real” family—sisters, parents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, et cetera—but then there’s my “second family”. They consist of Allie, close friends, and even to an extent, my boss at my advocacy position.
I feel absolutely blessed and fortunate to have such great, loving, caring, supportive people in my life! So who or what do you consider to be part of your “family” or a “loved one”? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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