I’m trying to appear to be normal and appear to be a normal parent.
Considering I’m a Vampire that is always the the case, you know, appearing to be normal.
Normal: conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.
Of course I’m more than normal. I want to shout off of the roof tops what a proud parent I am but I don’t want to brag or sound crass. OK, I DO want to brag in a big way.
So often we hear the tern the new normal. What does that even mean? Or worse we hear back to normal.
How about new beginnings. Or the new better way. Or the new challenges. Or something positive. Positive might not be a word that most people expect from Vampires but we’ve survived thousands of years because we’re positive about the future. We look back on the past but there is too much to dwell upon. Looking upon the future is what keeps us fresh and young. It isn’t just all about blood you know.
We also live with a certain amount of fear which is good and bad. It is usually bad.
When I started this blog in 2012 my son Garret was in high school. He was playing his guitar, flirting with girls, painting pictures, writing poems, and being a normal Vampire teen. Now he is grown, finished with college, starting a career and thinking about getting his own place.
After living with his best friend Randy through college and grad school he is now ready to be completely on his own. Randy will still be in the picture but an hour away with his own job and interesting (to say the least) relationships.
While I am still adjusting to having an empty nest, Garret will be getting his own first nest.
His sister Clara, now at almost 21 and completely the adult of the family, is going to go looking for places with Garret. They’ll be living closer together, something they look forward to.
I don’t need to warn them about the dangers of not being careful as in who they let into their homes, or share their secrets with. They’re fully aware of keeping their night life separate from their day life, so to speak.
Some things never change. Some things change continuously.
Our goal should be to not let any of it throw us off and keep a balance. Right now, in this strange year, it is easy to be thrown off. Yet, at home it is easy to keep things the same.
Dogs still wait at the door for their owners to return. Children still need to go out on their own. Sometimes they need to come back, then out again. Sort of like cats.
So that’s all. I’m just thinking out loud today and avoiding a painting project, and staying out of the summer heat. I got the car smog checked, did some research, made some calls, and payed bills. Yes, Vampires need to do those things as well.
As for normal…
Try not to be too normal. While normal is easy, it isn’t always the most interesting thing to do. It is safe, but not always.
Things are still going to go bump in the night. Then again that might not always be a bad thing.
And if you need something to read remember that the newest WPaD Anthology Goin’ Extinct Too! Apocalypse A Go-Go is now available in digital format. The paperback will be available in July 2020.
- Wear a mask.
- Wash your hands.
- Talk to your kids.
- Hug your dogs and cats.
- Don’t yell at your significant other too much. They’re getting tired of all of this too.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman