today i went with my theater class to see the hit musical "Next to Normal." before i go any further in this post i must tell you that i do not at all, under any circumstances ever never ever recommend this play. it has wonderful music and the actors were SUPERB, but i'm pretty sure that it was the equivalent of rated R. (and i spent the second half talking to the concession stand workers and meandering suspiciously around the foyer instead of in my seat, because i couldn't stand to hear the F word one more time)
that being said- it DID get me thinking about our oh-so-inaccurate perception of "normal."
this illusive concept floats just above our grasp, the thing that we aspire to be, but can't become because of this annoying ring-of-fire volcano acne, or our weirdly shaped ear-lobe, or our inexplicable love of spinach meatloaf casserole that is getting harder and harder to suppress.
i have created a list of abnormalities that just make me happy, in attempts to ease you into the idea of *gasp* dare i say it? not. being. normal.
1. people who dress fun and outrageous for no reason (isn't it a nice break for your eyes when you see someone who ISN'T trying to be a banana republic model, and is wearing a poodle skirt instead?)
2. getting an outrageously funny and not at all practical gift for your birthday. (socks....socks.....t-shirt.....socks..........Pig shaped ear-muffs that light up and sing show-tunes?!?!?!?!?!)
3. cereals or treats that still come with toys ("aren't you going to eat your crackerjacks?" "nope. just wanted the mood ring")
4. books that actually make you think (wheels....turning...........brain.....functioning....................ow.ow.ow. OHHHHHH)
5. when you go to a Jr. high school orchestra performance and they're actually good. (wait....what?)
6. when people actually comment on your blog posts (hint. hint.)
and a million bazillion other things.
where would we be without fun-dressing people? who wants to live in a world without temporary-tattoo cereal prizes? a life without pig-earmuffs is no life at all.
so here's to the little things! the little joys in life that are stubbornly uncommon! the ode to the odd, ladies and gentlemen.