My brother recently told me something about car insurance that seemed a little surprising. I always thought that car insurance was terrible for people under the age of 25 because it was too damned expensive, and one of the lecturers actually told me that’s because they see people under 25 as being a liability. He was told by one of his classmates that car insurance is actually not as bad as I say it is, and that in fact the cost of car insurance goes down after you turn 21. We had this discussion about what our plans were regarding getting a car, and then our Dad decided to weigh in our conversation by telling us that we were looking at £1,000 a year. I don’t know where he heard that from, or anything about his insurance provider, so that didn’t help much. But he was also the advocate of the notion that we’re better off staying at home. For how long exactly, I’m not sure. Honestly though, it seems bogus to me. Just because Dad apparently lived an OK life by staying home with his parents until the age of 26, and without ever going to university, doesn’t mean we’d be happy living that way.
He’s also convinced that my brother and I won’t be able to get driving licenses anyway. The reason? Because we’re autistic. For Satan’s sake, that has to be the dumbest my Dad told me. Does he honestly think of autism as a liability? What kind of father implies that? He’s not really bad person as far as I know, but what the hell man? I’m still far more concerned about the fact that he honestly would prefer that we just stay comfortable with our current circumstances, despite the fact that we’re meant to be moving towards personal independence. And I would prefer that we make that kind of progress sooner rather than wait until I’m in my 30’s. I can’t help but wonder what he has to lose by us making those leaps? Or maybe he’ll just never see it from his point of view.