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?

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