As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, I was recently on a business trip to Apopka, FL (Orlando area). There were 7 of us who traveled together, shared rental cars, and bunked at the same hotel. During the conversation, my son and my blog came up. I openly mentioned having TS. The reaction was interesting.
Growing up as the only TS person in my region of rural Louisiana wasn't pleasant. I was an oddity. People stared. Children mimicked, teased, etc. and their parents did nothing about it. Apparently I had it coming. It was reminiscent of "Dark Ages" films where people hurl mud, rocks, and rotten veggies at the humpback. I remain amazed by it still. Even adults who were more accepting were uncomfortable with me. I was a curiosity, but definitely wasn't 'one of them'.
My co-workers' reaction was quite encouraging. They too had questions, but the attitude was different. Somewhere along the path in the last 35 years, I evolved from odd to interesting. Interesting has brought with it acceptance. My idiosyncrasies actually seemed to have an endearing effect on this group. I returned with a greater appreciation for those that I knew before the trip and a list of "new friends". Nice to see entropy lose one for a change.