If you had a magic wand and could instantly make your kid "normal" would you? I have an absolutely wonderful 5 year old child who has Tourettes. It's not that advanced, some facial twitches, sounds, twirls, etc. She doesn't yell out curse words or anything . . . yet. But it's the idea that "something" is wrong with her. She's not like the rest. She's different.
I worry about her. What will it be like for her in the coming years. Will she be ostracized at school? Will she be picked on? Will I have to beat up some punk kid? It's alright now. Kindergartners accept anyone. They love without concern of what others will think. They treat everyone as equals. Well I say this but I know they view her as odd, but not bad odd just odd. They baby her and coddle her and even imitate her (not out of any meanness or spite but just because twirling looks fun and they want to do it too).
And I wonder if the idea for "normal" is selfish. Am I wanting normal just to make my life easier. Am I THAT lazy? Or is normal the wish of all parents. If it would make her life happier I'd do it. I'd make that wish, I'd wave the wand. But her nickname is Happiness, because she IS happy. She twirls around and stamps her feet and she has a smile on her face. Who ever said that normal meant happy?