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Once I do become romantically involved with someone and the relationship makes room for my disability, there’s an instant sense of transparency between us.
Because my biggest insecurity is on full display every time I speak, the people I’ve dated begin to feel more vulnerable and more open about their own shortcomings.
I was mortified to stutter and tried constantly to avoid it.
I substituted words, made bizarre facial expressions — anything to prevent stuttering. How could I establish a real relationship if I spent every moment afraid to speak?
They engage in conversation as if there’s nothing unique about our exchange, as if stuttering isn’t a problem to be fixed but simply another form of speaking.
The men who are patient with me don’t fit a particular profile.