My daughter saw this sign in a store we were in a few weeks back and it made her laugh so hard, she decided she had to have a picture of it (for the record, she takes photos of EVERYTHING…no, I’m not exaggerating…EVERYTHING!)
I got to thinking about this sign and why it is so funny, because frankly, deception really isn’t all that funny, but the reason we laugh at this sign is because every family has things that make them a unique entity…and not everyone in the world would understand those things. We keep those things to ourselves so we don’t scare people.
Recently, we had a young man staying with us while he worked in a neighboring city. We’ve known his family for years, but there is a
big HUGE difference between knowing someone and living with someone (ahem…marriage anyone?) Our family is loud. We laugh a lot. We can frankly be down right obnoxious. Every night, as we said goodnight to our house guest, I wondered what he must think of us.
You see, I imagine life in his family as quiet, calm, and filled with a whole lot more tact and reserve than we manage here in our household. But, if I were looking at this objectively, I would have to admit that his household has a uniqueness all its own that I will never know…unless I go live with them. They are perfectly normal…except for that one thing I don’t know about them. ;)
So, it’s not that we set out to deceive when we look like a normal family, it’s actually that we ARE a normal family because we aren’t all that normal behind the scenes! It’s okay that your family doesn’t look exactly like Susie So-and-so’s family at church, and it’s okay for others not to know every nitty-gritty detail of your family life (Facebook status included, thank you very much!). There isn’t any family mold named NORMAL that you can pour yourselves into and come out squeaky clean. Your family is unique – revel in it!
So, next time you see our family in the supermarket and my husband is loudly singing some Elvis song and my daughter is taking photos of food on the shelves and my son is pretending the bananas are Army sniper rifles, just remember…it’s a whole lot crazier at home!
And this, my friends, is perfectly normal.
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