This weekend, we had tickets to a concert in St Louis that I planned to take the kids to. There is a store I wanted to stop at on the way, but it closes at 4. The concert wasn't until 8. In chatting with aquaintances on Friday, I mentioned that I'd really like to go to this store while I was in town, but I didn't know what I would do with wee difficult child for the 4 hours between the store and the concert. My plan was not to go to the store. *** These people looked at me in horror. Why would I consider not going to this store while I was in town just because of my kid? *** It was a relatively minor revelation, but a revelation, nonetheless. "Normal" people would take their 7 year old along on their day. "We" plan our day around the 7 year old... *** So what things have happened to you that make you realize the oddities that have become your "normal"?