"Treat him like a normal kid."
"Do what you do on an ordinary day."
Since we began our journey with cancer we have heard these phrases a lot. The drs wanted me to keep pushing ds through school, to act like nothing was out of the ordinary. Of course pretty soon that was just not happening. When he couldn't even sit on his own there is nothing ordinary about that. When he couldn't hold a pencil anymore. When 2 full days a week are spent at the hospital, any semblance of normal went out the window.
And I realized something. People like Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Grigori Perelman and other gifted minds and talented people do not and have not led normal lives. By their very nature they are EXTRAordinary. Why would we want to be normal or ordinary? We should all strive to be extraordinary. People like my son have been given a gift of not being normal. Hes a step ahead of us. Who knows what paths lay ahead, what journeys he will take because his life is not normal. I hope he can make the most of it, and those that are close to him can do the same.