I’m writing another book!
Written on 13th Aug 2018 by Alex Lowery
Some of you may well know that I’m working on a more updated version of my book. I have felt like there are a number of things that should be changed. Also a fair amount has hapened (and is still happening) in my life since the book chronilogically ended. I feel like I’d like to add more experiences to my life story. Now, I don’t suspect it will be Published for several more years so don’t expect to be able to buy a copy any time soon because that’s not likely to happen. Anyway, I thought it might be a good idea to share just a piece.. A taster of this future book which may well get you interested for the future. I’m going to be sharing the part about when I speak about the few times I’ve gone abroad. I hope you enjoy.
Through my whole life till this point I had only ever gone abroad once. It was in Austria when I was about 2 years old. I was so young that I don’t believe I even understood (or was aware) that I was in a different country. I didn’t even grasp the concept of other countries.
I’m told of a few funny stories from when we were in Austria. Apparently I became obsessed with the German Sausage they sold there. I would constantly say, “saus” which was my way of saying I wanted some because I couldn’t fully say ‘sausage’ at the time. This was at a point when I was utterly obsessed with Thomas the tank engine. When we were in the car we played this cossette tape of Thomas songs and I would insist that we listened to the same tape again and again constantly but everyone else (except me) got sick of it. One day I fell asleep with the tape on. When the tape had finally finished: my parents were relieved to know I was asleep so they didn’t have to play it again, but unfortunately for them: I woke up not long after, and noticed the tape wasn’t on. I would say “Want Thomas! Want Thomas!” And then they reluctantly put it back on.
However, despite these rather funny stories I’ve been told: I have found (ever since that time) that I am simply unable to remember that holiday to Austria. Being 3 years old is the youngest I can remember and that memory has become very vague now. However, I have always found that for as long as I’ve been aware of other countries: I’ve always wanted to visit one, but never got the chance. I only ever went to Austria and I couldn’t remember that so if I was to go abroad: it would really be like going abroad for the first time. I was hoping that maybe one day I could give a speech in another country, but I wasn’t sure how likely this was to be. I was finally told that I was being given the opportunity to speak for autism Guernsey. Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel near the French coast. Apparently it isn’t governed by the UK at all. This would be the closest I had got (excluding Austria) to ever going abroad. It felt like quite an exciting opportunity that I looked forward to.
We would also fly there by plane. I had never flown on a plane in my whole life but I had always wondered what it would be like. It was advised that I go to the Doctor to get some stress tablets for planes which I was given just incase. I was also told by a lot of people that flying on planes tended to cause ear popping. I really didn’t like the sound of that. This made me nervous. It sounded very painful. I was pretty scared that I’d experiece this.
What’s funny is that I do kind of have a memory from when I was very young of my family going on an airplane (and mayand I also remember there being a plane that didn’t move at Deeside College. I thought that was the plane we went on. This was obviously incorrect though. I must have dreamed it. I had a hard time distinguishing between dreams and reality as a child.
Anyway, when I finally got to travel on the plane: I found I was nervous like C3PO in Star Wars when he first went on a star ship in Episode II. I had never flown before and I didn’t know what it would be like.
That’s all I’ll show you for now. If you wish to find out how my trip went, you’ll have to read the book once it’s finished.
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