My house isn't perfect. Shocking, I know.
It is so beyond perfect, I sometimes get embarrassed.
But, then, I look around at my friend's houses and they aren't perfect either.
I'm not just talking about housekeeping skills.
I mean, things that are in need of repair and are just "off". It's a never ending list.
Some things, we get fixed right away--leaking faucet, clogged toilet, new batteries in the Wii remote. The important things.
Some things, we put on the list and that's as far as we go with it. Money and time are a huge factor. But, then, you just sort of get used to the thing being broken or "off".
For example, if you were to come to my house, you would notice our t.v. seldom gets turned off. Not because we are addicts and watch it 24/7. But, because, if you turn it off, it's not guaranteed it will turn back on. It's been like this for years. Years. (you can actually read about it here. But it's pretty boring. Basically, we got an insurance check and spent it on xmas presents. Yeah. But, really? You get a $800 check on Dec. 1st, what would you do?).
In an effort to use less electricity, we will sometimes turn off the t.v. So, in the mornings, conversations like this happens:
Mom, can we watch Power Rangers?
Sure, if the t.v. is working.
Magical, magical, magical (the kids' chant that they swear works every time)
Totally normal, right?
Also, we put on a new bathroom door, oh, two years ago. And, my husband ran out of trim to go around the door. Yes, two years ago. So, we have a bathroom door, but no trim. That means that there is a itty-bitty, tiny gap that someone, if they were so inclined, could use to spy on you while you tinkle. But, in a house with 4 children that never happens.
Totally normal, right?
It's our normal but not other peoples. They have their own normal at their own house.
Just like it's our normal to have bent curtain rods in the kids' bedrooms. Yes, I've replaced them. Numerous times but somehow they end up bent. Not one child has ever swung by the curtains, or so I've been told.
Just like it's our normal to have a toilet seat that moves when you sit on it (we have lots of issues with our bathroom, apparently.). Yes, we've replaced those as well. A many number of times. But, somehow, they seem to manage to get all cattywampass. And not one child has ever practiced their Spiderman leap off the toilet into the bathtub, or so I've been told.
What is your normal that not might be another person's normal?