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Is everyone chasing normal?

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This is Jessica at age 4.  

I just read an interesting article on another blog I am following.

It’s http://bloom-parentingkidswithdisabilities.blogspot.com, a children’s rehabilitation hospital in Canada. I started reading the posts on this blog, one after the other. It felt like I had landed in familiar territory. These were MY people.

But let me return to the article.  The author was discussing how parents of disabled children view ‘normal’.  She went on to explain the following:

“It got me thinking about how the word normal is really a code word for “value.” In our culture, normal is valued, and disability is not. ”

Reading this sentence was like an ah-ha moment for me. I suddenly understood what motivated me to write a 318-page memoir. The process of writing it began over 10 years ago, as I started to reflect and sort out issues I’d had to face.  Jessica is now 35 years old, and I am just starting to understand how to flow with it.

After reading the article, all I could think was “Wow.” Ms. Kinross summed it up in one sentence, what my struggle was about. Maybe one day my book will be published so I can share my unique story with the rest of the world.

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