“OK, see you!” and off my Aspie zoomed to the Tilt-a-Whirl line.
“But I don’t want to go on that ride, again,” his friend called after him. “I need to leave pretty soon.”
“Mom, his friend said he needs to leave pretty soon,” my nine-year-old daughter repeated, concern written on her face.
“Yeah, I know. I wonder why he isn’t going to find his dad and sister.”
“Mom, my brother should be going on the rides his friend wants to go on.”
“Oh, of course, that is what his friend is trying to say!” I tried to get my son’s attention, but he was already on the ride. So when he got he off that ride, I caught his attention and helped him understand what his friend was trying to communicate.
“Oh! Hey, what ride do you want to go on?” and off the two ran to do what his friend wanted.
Thank goodness for my NT daughter, helping my son and I decode that phrase, which is considered a polite way of speaking in the world of NTs.
While telling this story to a few of my NT friends, they were just like my daughter, realizing what the friend wanted immediately.
Oh, to be able to understand all of those NT half-communiques! I guess this is just another phrase I will have to memorize and watch out for!