How much of your life have you spent (wasted?) trying to be normal? I constructed my life around the mythical land of Normal, but someone has different plans for me. Last year we were told our son wasn't 'normal', so now we're packing up old prejudices, our preconceived notions and unrealistic expectations, and we're moving out of Normal to a different... possibly better neighbourhood.

You too will find yourself, no matter who you are, joining me in this place where the only true measure of normal is which kind of weird you are. This blog will explore a journey most of us will take at some point: letting go of preconceptions about ‘normal’, peeling our fingers off the image we had of what our lives ‘should’ look like, and having the courage to re-imagine the piece of time we are given in this world.

You are now leaving Normal.

"A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!"

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Here is my second post in honour of World Autism Awareness Day (yesterday, April 2). I decided to buttress the day with two important posts - the first was The Legend Of Smockity Frocks which tells a true and powerful story, still unfolding, of the lessons we have to learn about accepting differences and avoiding judgments. In this second post,  I am so excited to share with you a link to THE BEST AUTISM EXPLANATION EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET. Ok, I may not have read every other one out there, but I cannot possibly imagine a better one. Seriously, you HAVE to read this (if you haven't already). MOM-NOS wrote this after an inspirational and magical experience with her autistic son's class. I have already printed off the 'Hairdryer in a Toaster-Brained World' section and shared it with some of Simon's caregivers. Many of us are deterimined to convince MOM-NOS to turn this series into a published book - read it, and you'll see why.

Thank you to MOM-NOS and all the other bloggers who seek to understand and respect autism, while pursuing change in a world that has so much left to learn.


  1. I agree! I've been following her visits to Bud's classroom and find myself brimming with hope after each inspirational post. Her hairdryer brain explanation is terrific as is her passion for respectfully educating others about autism. It confirms the belief that many of us share that inclusion can work and benefits everyone. Btw, those kids in his class are amazing too.

  2. I am a firm believer that kids are fundamentally good. The kids who sat in my son's class and one by one told him what they didn't like about him, were responding to the atmosphere and expectations that the teacher fostered. They are no different than the kids in MOMNOS's son's class... they just have very different leadership. I believe we will see great strides in the decades to come, especially now that autistic people are rallying to speak for themselves.