Eldest, sounding concerned: Mum, Grenouille’s just asked me what it’s like to be normal…
Me, later: G, how would you feel about telling me what you meant when you asked E about what it’s like to be normal?
G: I just … wondered what it’s like to not have special needs? And big health problems?
Me, heart sinking: Can you remember what it was like before your health problems started?
G: <Shakes head>
Me: OK. So, um, what do you think being normal is like?
G, after consideration: Boring. <long pause> But … maybe it’s fun?