My friend "J" here has Aspergers Syndrome. He told me that he has a hard time in school because most of the time it feels like everyone else has their own language that he doesn't understand.
During our talk he mentions not wanting to pick a favorite animal and leave anyone out. He doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings because he knows what it feels like to be left out. To feel like an outsider.
It opened up a real important conversation about Autism, school, teenagers, and the social norm.
He also mentions how animals are great listeners. That "animals never have harsh words". Somehow they just seem to know exactly what he needs.
"J" finds comfort in the friendships the animals provide. A friendship based on mutual respect. One where lack of social skills, loneliness, and autism play absolutely no part.
"People don't always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart that understands."