24 June 2012

The New Normal



Recently I saw an ad for a new TV show entitled The New Normal. Although I don't know exactly what the show will be about since I came in at the end of the ad it has to do with families. It got me thinking about my family. Our new normal embraces Liz and Sada's marriage, Judith and Kim's marriage, Kelly and Trinidadian Carl's marriage, their bi-cultural and biracial children, the un-degreed to a PhD, a grand-nephew on the autistic spectrum, a post- MVA disabled niece, divorced, remarried and blended families, an ex-con who turned his life around, couples living together, step children, fostered children, nearly adopted children and a 95 year old at the helm cheering for all of us. Whew! So the eight (for now) great-grands get to experience this new normal and we all get to be enriched by our fabulous diversity. I love my family! The new normal is nothing to fear!

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    1. Just by being open to the the diversity that already exists in any family. And what's that alternative?

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  2. Your family is a microcosm of the whole world, practically! You are all loving, accepting people. Good for all of you.

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    1. Acceptance brings enrichment to us all, rejection breeds self-hatred and we don't want that for our children.

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  3. I love it! This is the new normal. Perhaps it would have been sooner if folks were a bit more accepting.

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    1. The title to the show made me look and guess what I found?!

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  4. Your family is a wonderful example of the New Normal. It makes life's possibilities so much more plentiful.

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    1. I like that- plentiful possibilities!

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    1. It's a fun exercise- look at your own extended family, see what is and celebrate it!

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  6. I think maybe the good old days were a myth. And the new normal is real. Isn't that great!

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    1. It's real for us and we can either embrace it and those we love who embody it or fight it and lose those we love. You know which I chose.

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  7. You all are a Modern Family!!! love it

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    1. Is that it? I do get excited when we gather and I listen to the stories so different than mine and come away in awe! How else would I learn all this?

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  8. smiles...sound like you have a very cool family...i think the diversity just makes the soup all the better you know...smiles...

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  9. Your family seems awesome. I have really enjoyed reading about your reunions with the women, your visits with your daughter and her family, your adventures with your beautiful grandchildren, and all the family celebrations you've shared with us.

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    1. Thanks, Patti. What a sweet thing to say!

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