Two mothers discussing two young children. Two parents sharing their frustrations that their beautiful daughters were so stubborn, strong willed, difficult to reason with, prone to temper tantrums, and generally obnoxious but only when not in the company of others. So far, so normal.*
That's from the inside, not really looking out. From the outside, looking in; Two mothers watching two delightful children with a fairly spectacular array of physical disabilities and medical problems between them, complaining not about the bits the world assumes would be difficult - the disabilities and the medical stuff - but about the normal every day grind of bringing up children who turn out not to be as malleable as the dolls we used to mind in childhood.
*At least I hope it's normal, please don't disabuse me.
Oh so very normal! My daughter has some kind of internal switch that flips when other people are around, completely preventing the tantrums. I wish I could find a way to jam it on!
Don't you just love those days!
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