Almost Normal

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Reading about Roz Chast’s parents in her cartoon memoir

‘Can’t We Talk about Something Pleasant?’ makes me feel

Almost normal. I do know how to use the toaster,

I can change a light bulb, open cereal packets neatly

so it doesn’t look ‘as if a raccoon had tried to get into them’

AND I was comfortable using the new stove after only

six months. Compared to them I’m a genius.

 

Meeting the Parents

But I do ‘walk around with my feelers out’ like her old man

and ‘get distracted by interesting words thereby missing

the larger point of what was being said’. And I am a fast eater

like her mum. ‘Stop gobbling your food’, I was told as a kid,

[and am still told from time to time].

 

I’m only on page 30 of this 230 page memoir but I’m enjoying

meeting the parents. It’s like meeting me in a book.

 

  • what book are you enjoying at the moment?
  • Have you ever ‘met yourself’ in a book? how did it feel?

5 thoughts on “Almost Normal

  1. I’m currently enjoying “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” which is also a memoir. I believe that I HAVE met myself before in a book, and in some cases it helped give me a new outlook or understanding of myself:)

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  2. don’t know that one but it’s a great title so will look it up; it’s good when you meet yourself in a book — it’s a safe way of assessing your own situation, although it can be scary 🙂

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