Once I met a child who was normal.

But not just normal.

This child was the most normal child

That I have ever met.

Far more normal, in fact, than

Any other child I have ever come across.

Uncommonly normal.

Impossibly normal.


If I’m honest

All this excessive normality

Made this child



(I wrote this after taking a note in my notebook while having a conversation with a child in my class. I think I was tried to make a joke about someone being so normal that it was weird. The joke fell fairly flat, so I felt there was unfinished business.