“I never thought I was normal, never tried to be normal.” ~Charles Manson

I spent some time today with a woman I have much respect for. She works with special education kids on the high school level, knows my daughter as well as students with all levels of disabilities. Nice woman, she has been doing this for a while.

The word “normal” came up, I don’t remember why, but I believe in respect to Pearlsky. The next thing I know she says …

Pearlsky is normal.

Excuse me?

Pearlsky is normal, for Pearlsky.

Needless to say, I am not always a big fan of political correctness. I am not sure if that was her point, or she believed the words she was saying, which, to tell you the truth, I did not understand. What could it possibly mean that “Pearlsky is normal for Pearlsky”?

I am sorry, Pearlsky is decidedly not normal. She is not normal in any way. Actually, she is retarded. And crippled. She can’t do a single thing that can remotely be considered “normal.” Furthermore, I don’t want anyone to think that Pearlsky is normal, even for Pearlsky, because then there is no reason to strive for more, since more would be abnormal, no?

There was no response.

Maybe she understands. Maybe not.

Probably not. Does anyone really?


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