The Jack in the Box

My friends expect that a public outing with a seven year old autistic girl would be tricky, but that's not how it is with Natalie. Her biggest vices, when at the mall are the same vices shared by any other seven year old girl:

  • Don't wander off
  • Walk faster
  • Stop walking into Build A Bear
The mall is a zone of normalcy for me, because it's hard to tell her from any other seven year old girl or boy: because, in public, they're all miniature lunatics. 

But sometimes, she does something that sets her apart, that says she's a mini lunatic like the rest of them, but she's also got some very cool quirks.

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