Recently, Ottawa has become home to the largest IKEA in Canada. And there was great rejoicing! So here we go, opening night, and we drag down all the kids to the new IKEA. There were police everywhere directing traffic and keeping the chaos in check. Luckly, they were not needed.
|Canada's Largest IKEA|
The good news, is that children can "normalize" to almost anything.
Definition of NORMALIZE
: to make conform to or reduce to a norm or standard
: to make normal (as by a transformation of variables)
: to bring or restore (as relations between countries) to a normal condition
So what IS "Normal" anyway?
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Normal is pretty relative. For example, if a middle aged woman were to see me and my friends talking about Star Trek, TARDISes and time travelling Delorians... we might seem ODD. However, from OUR point of view, we are NORMAL, and someone who likes watching Oprah is the real ODD person.
What "normalization" looks like in Adoption is when your beautiful 6 year old adopted daughter walks by you singing the opening to Led Zeppelins 'The Immigrant Song' ...
In a very surreal moment while doing dishes, I hear this all too familiar "aaaaAAAAaaaah ah waaaaaaa AH!" from behind me. I turn around to see Ping walking slowly by as she begins the opening line again "aaaaAAAAaaaaah AH!". She pays me no notice as she slowly walks past, lost in her own imagination and singing Led Zeppelin.
I'm so happy that "normal" is relative... because that means that our family, as crazy as we may be, can be considered normal.
Yes sir. We have achieved "Normal"... what ever that may be. :-)