What the heck is an Aspie? Do I need to explain what a cougar is? So what makes me an Aspie Cougar you might ask. Well, an Aspie is someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a mild form of autism. It simply means that I believe myself to be on the autism spectrum. I have never been medically diagnosed but my son received a diagnosis 2 years ago. The fact that it took me until he was 9 years old to get him tested is a little disappointing but we won’t dwell on the past. In the process of getting a correct and formal diagnosis for him, I firmly believe that I have the condition also. Why would I want to add the label of “un-diagnosed aspie” to my already complicated life? The short answer is that I am almost 50 years old and have struggled my entire life to figure out why I was different and so when I discovered this information about myself I was beyond thrilled. It helped to explain a lot and made me feel so much better.
Now the “cougar thing…” A cougar is a lady that chooses to date men that are significantly younger than herself. I make no apologies for aging well. I am often approached by younger men. I’m totally fine with it. But a caveat, in the traditional definition of a cougar, there is the idea that the woman, who is usually financially secure, supports her younger beau in exchange for “favors.” Well I’m just going to put it out there because I tend to be quite direct like that – I am a single parent with responsibilities so if you’re looking for a “come up” miss me with that. Like how I went a little ‘hood on ya there?
So there you have it. I am many things but I am most definitely an Aspie Cougar who is about to be fabulous at 50.