A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Small Things Saturday: normies

This is a new movement, started by a few moms like me: smart, funny, gorgeous, with a side of a kid with special needs. We're spending our Saturday mornings appreciating the small things. It might just be a pic, a paragraph, a line or two.





Ok, typically I do not feel so grateful for "normies" or their constant reminders that things are anything but normal in my home. But... there are some that I L-O-V-E love! There are a few kiddos who really love my kid and are somehow okay with her differences. We had a playdate with one of those kids yesterday. I love Jolie and I love her mom. And they both love the bird; totally and completely accepting. In fact, Jolie's mom first "met" me right here. She found my blog through a beautiful, wonderful mutual friend of ours and we connected and the rest is history. Today we will have a playdate with the little girl who was in the bird's class last year, took her under her wing and showed me that there really ARE kids in this world who will see more to the bird than the fingers in the ears or the flapping or the muddled up speech. Thank g-d for some of the normies!!

18 comments:

Lynn said...

I guess some of them are OK :P

Is it asking too much of her that she stick around through at least middle school?

Cheryl D. said...

That is so wonderful! We've had some nice normies too! Too bad they can't all be that way!

Chris P-M said...

Absolutely...those relationships are SO SO necessary!

BTW, I noticed the linky went to Jessica's blog directly, and not to the blog hop post. I'll go over to SITS and mention it.

Chris

Chris P-M said...

Dani...ABSOLUTELY. Those relationships are so necessary!

BTW, I tried adding the link, and noticed that it went to Jessica's blog, not directly to the blog hop post. I'll mention it on SITS.

Chris

Ginny Marie said...

I hope that I'm teaching my two girls to be those kind of normies! :) (And I try to be that kind of parent, too...I was very upset when I taught second grade, and a couple parents complained about the child with Aspergers in my class. He was such a JOY to me and the other kids...he had a lot of friends. It was the PARENTS who needed to accept him, and that blew my mind.

Autism Mom Rising said...

Yes, I totally hear you. There are some kids that just get it - that our kids are who they are and those kids think that's just swell. I have a niece like that. Never asks any questions.

jillsmo said...

Yay for (some of) the normies! I also really love the word "normies" for some reason

@jencull (jen) said...

I like the term 'normies', I have always used NT before. There are some fabulous children in this world and they are the ones that will grow up to be fabulous adults:) Jen

Dani G said...

It's so important to nurture some of the relationships now so that some of these kids will stick by ours as they go through school...

Ashley said...

I love that! I hope Caleb has some friends like that in his class. Lately, when I go to pick him up, I'm getting the "he's so bad" and the "he just runs around" kind of comments from some the kids. Ouch. So we're still looking and hoping! =)

dluvscoke said...

By far my worst experience EVER was when Cody, around 5 years old at the time, took swimming lessons at the Easter Seals pool. Most of the class was normie children with normie moms acting like Cody might drown their child or something. It gets my blood pressure up just thinking about it.

sherri said...

I wish I lived closer to set up playdates with M. and W. and little bird. And some mama-down time for you and me!

TheSublimeLife said...

That is so awesome! My friend's 2 kids are that way for my son. I am grateful. She told me one day she wants them to spend as much time with us as they can so her kids grow up with K's quirks as part of their idea of what's normal. And as much as some people say that our kids aren't normal... they really are- they are a normal part of life. With the percentage of ASd kids stacking up, and adding in all the other types of special needs- it's all a part of normal reality.

Jean said...

I may adopt the word "normies" too...it goes so much better with "auties" than NT.
I think it's really important to have normies mixing with our kids as much as possible. Everyone has the potential to benefit. XXX

K- floortime lite mama said...

REally some of these normies make our world so much brighter
Glad you found this wonderful mum and child and so glad they found you too

Dani G said...

The key is for normie parents to "teach" their normie kids to understand and accept our kids as a normal part of the world's makeup and for schools to promote inclusion a whole lot more so that our kids aren't segregated from all the other kids!!

Sherri, you're welcome ANY time to visit for a play date!!!

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