Does this ever happen to you?
Do you ever get a word stuck in your head so much that you are compelled to say it out loud? I'm not talking about a song that you find yourself humming or singing, though it's certainly similar to that. I mean finding yourself with a word - one single word - running through your head over and over.
It happens to me a lot, usually because I just like the way the word sounds. During the 1994 Olympics, it was the word "Lillehammer" for an entire week.
Try it: Lillehammer. LIL-lehammer.
Now do it like you're Arnold Schwarzenegger: Lillehammer!
See what I mean?
I wonder if this is the kind of thing people are talking about when they refer to shadow traits. I mean, really, this little quirk of mine must be at least a distant relative of Bud's echolalia.
Bud and I had a "Lillehammer" experience together recently.
We were playing an alphabet game we invented that's called "Tell Me About." In this game, Bud uses one of the many alphabet scripts he has committed to memory (A is for apple, B is for banana; A is for alligator, B is for baboon; etc.) He announces the first category: "A is for apple. Tell me about apple."
I respond with something like, "Apples are crunchy and they grow on trees. Now you tell me about apples."
Then Bud says something like, "Apple is red and to eat." Then he moves on to B.
Anyway, in the particular script we were using that day, E was for eggplant. When instructed to tell about eggplant, I waxed poetic about the joy of parmigiana. I turned the conversation over to Bud, and he said "Eggplant is in Babaganoush." (I credit Grover with Bud's knowledge of this, incidentally.)
"That's right," I said. "Eggplant is in Babaganoush!"
"Babaganoush!" Bud sang.
"Babaganoush!" I sang back.
And we were off.
In a comment on a recent post, Kyra wrote: "frankly, we ALL stim, some more, some less."
I think she may be on to something.