Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 25

I Ma rried a Gee k! My Life with John Elder Robison There are certain people in the autism community with whom everyone in the community is familiar. John Elder Robison, an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences as well as the author of New York Times best seller books Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby, is one of those people! However, as the old saying goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman, and that lovely lady is his wife, Maripat Robison. Maripat, you will see, is every bit as awe-inspiring as her spouse and is certainly deserving of her own limelight. She blogs about her life with John in a humorous way at I Married a Geek. It is obvious that humor plays a big part in John and Maripat’s relationship too, for when we asked John what his favorite thing was about his charming bride, his response was, “I would have to say that the best thing about Maripat is that she is small enough to fit in the trunk of an English sports car. And thanks to years of yoga, she is flexible enough to bounce right out on arrival!” After that response, we kicked John out of the room and got Maripat to put down her kettle corn long enough to answer a few questions about herself, being a mom/stepmom to children with different abilities, and, oh yeah, what it is like being married to one of the world’s most notable autistics. Zoom: So in addition to being “a kettle corn loving gal married to John Elder Robison,” how would you describe yourself in 10 words? Maripat: Theophilic, Philalethist, Philomath, Ergophile, Caretaker, Advocate, Philotherian, Phytophilous, Nemophilist, Rockhound. Needless to say, we had to ask Maripat to define a few of those words: Theophilic (one who loves God), Philalethist (lover of truth), Philomath (lover of learning), Ergophile (loves work), Phi- S TERVIEW N ZOOM INT ROBISO MARIPA Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 25