I try to use “blooming orchids” instead of other “choice words” when something upsets me. It also is what I enjoy most in my backyard. “Someone” I love also did an excellent job of comparing autism to an orchid last week. She said, “They symbolize both strength and beauty. They’re also very distinctive because they are so different from other flowers.” She went on to say that they are like people on the spectrum in that they are misunderstood because they are different.