Chatting with my six year old son after school, he announced, “We don’t have a normal family!”
He’s probably right – I can think of lots of reasons why we’re not ‘normal,’ but I wondered what he had picked up.
“Why aren’t we normal?” I asked. “We’ve got a Mummy and a Daddy and some children – that seems to be pretty normal.”
“No,” he said. “A normal family has a Mummy and a Daddy and two children – a boy and a girl.”
“Oh – like Topsy and Tim?” No, apparently they are not quite normal because they are twins.
“So where have you seen a ‘normal’ family?”
It turns out he’s seen it on videos…
“Do any of your friends have ‘normal’ families?”
Yes, Yossi apparently has a normal family. But Yossi doesn’t only have one boy and one girl – he has a few of each.
Ah – what makes him normal is that he has closer to one of each than we do!
So now we know: he doesn’t know anyone who has a normal family, but Yossi is more normal than we are – which probably isn’t difficult!