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Little big man

Raising a child with visual impairment makes you see the world differently.
At dinner with friends the other evening, I was astonished to see Asa’s best friend Angèle, who’s just a couple of months older than he is, watching TV from across the room.
What’s so strange about that?
Well, for Asa to see what was on the screen, he would have to stand within arm’s reach of the television set.
That had come to seem normal to me.
That may sound weird. But consider some of the other characteristics that we accept as natural for toddlers: short stature, primitive grammar, a predilection for tantrums. And their special, compensating features -- a mania for play; an exuberance that’s almost never found in adults.

The fact is, I’d gotten used to Asa not seeing as we do -- just like I’ve gotten used to him being smaller and livelier and having chubbier cheeks. And sometimes I forget that other children don’t necessarily share all of these traits.
The normalization of abnormality is part of a process of…