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My View: Odd and proud, my genes go marching on

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Years ago, one of my uncles was explaining that every big family has at least one oddball: “You are ours,” he said. I wasn’t offended; the way I looked at it, all my siblings and cousins were tragically normal. Too bad for them.

Bob O’Connor, of Hamburg, has always been a nonconformist.

In grade school I remember being sent to the principal’s office for my “unacceptable behavior.” I honestly had no idea what I had done. The principal, a kindly woman named Sister Judeen, listened as I explained I had apparently done something bad, but I wasn’t sure what. She told me to have a seat and she continued doing paperwork. After a few minutes she said, “Robert, you may return to your classroom and stop doing whatever it was you were doing.” She smiled and sent me on my way.

My adult children, who know everything, think I am “on the spectrum” – whatever that means. I admit I constantly sing nonsense songs, tell horrible jokes and have trouble sitting through a one-hour TV show. What’s wrong with that? I am retired now and apparently safe from publicly embarrassing my kids.

I have four lovely granddaughters, one of whom seems to be a bit on the goofy side. She is just 7, but already showing signs of a delightful........

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