Finally, "my nervous habits faded about the same time I took up with cigarettes . While it is unclear why the behavioral tics developed--Sedaris remembers only that they began after the family was "transferred" from New York state to North Carolina--the author's description of how he was compelled to act are powerfully effective.
One can speculate also, about the family dynamic that is a subtext of the memoir.
His family is clearly used to the odd behaviors but rather than being worried they tease him and think the tics are voluntarily practiced.
Due to his unique routines annually his teachers make a point to meet with Sedaris’ mother. Sedaris offers the teacher’s drinks evolving from scotch to sherry and entertains the teachers with exaggerated stories to lighten the seriousness of his actions.
David Sedaris is a one of the best-selling authors.
One of his books is called "Naked." In this book he talks about his life.
He thought he knew everything and no one around him knew better.
For any moment and any incident, he had a story from his own life.
In it, Sedaris describes, in vivid and humorous detail, the obsessive compulsive behavior that plagued his life from grade school into college. do these things because nothing was worse than the anguish of not doing them."Each year, a teacher called on his mother to discuss the strange tics.
From licking every light switch encountered, to counting each of "six hundred and thirty-seven steps" on the way home from school, "pausing every few feet to tongue a mailbox" and having to retrace his steps if he lost count, Sedaris was compelled to " . His mother took his behavior and these visits in stride: "The kid's wound too tight, but he'll come out of it. " "She suggested my teachers interpret my jerking head as a nod of agreement.