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24 August 2018

I watched a Downy fabric softener commercial this morning.  If you watch TV, you have probably seen it.  A dad is talking about how his daughter lives in her princess costume all week, but once a week, he changes her into a western outfit so he can wash the dress.

I love this commercial.

I love it because it shows a DAD with his daughter.  We don't know if he's a single dad, a gay dad, a stay-at-home dad, or a widowed dad.  He's just a dad and he obviously has a great relationship with his daughter.

More and more I am noticing that, primarily in commercials, there is a switch in the norms that we are used to seeing.  This dad commercial is not the only one I've seen.  I think I have seen one or more dad-kid commercials.

The other normalization that has slowly crept into the commercial world is ethnicity.  I started noticing how many married couple were of different races.  White/black, Asian/white and they may have a child who seems to be of Latino ethnicity.  If you pay attention, you'll notice that a great many of the commercials are mixed race couples.  Especially a couple of wedding scenes with a very white bride and a very dark groom.

There is another dad commercial, where dad is picking his daughter up at school and taking her to get yogurt.  He is white, she is definitely mixed-race.  Yet, nobody looks askance on the street to see this man hand in hand with this little girl.

And there are even gay parents shown.  Mostly, I think, lesbian couples, but the best thing is that nothing is made of it.  They are just people using the product they are advertising.  I wonder if the companies get complaints about any of these "normalizations" of the human state.

I remember the first time I saw an African American newscaster on TV.  We grew up in the 50s and 60s with lily white people on our screens and then there was the shock of seeing this non-white person reading the news.  Obviously this is no longer anyone thinks odd.  This morning around the Today Show table for discussion was lily white Savannah Guthrie and three African Americans.  it's strange to see the white person as the odd man out.  (Now we whites know what the other ethnicities in the world have felt for so many years.)

It's a new world and despite all the prejudice, misogyny and homophobia coming out of Washington, DC, the mainstream media is plodding along, representing the real world without making a big deal out of it.  As it should.

There is some small normalization going on around here too.

The chair ... I'm in love.  Last night I fell asleep at 11:30, woke up at 3 to go to the bathroom, went back to sleep and slept until 7;30. I can't remember the last time I did this--and no butt pain, though if sit in a normal chair it till hurts a bit.

I've been doing my leg lifts and weight lifting.  I have been able to lift the left leg about 10" but the right leg won't move at all. The other night, to my amazement, I was able to do this

I was so shocked, I took a picture to send to Ned.  I could only do it once, though.  The next time I tried, the leg wouldn't lift at all, though this morning I was able to do five leg lifts with my right leg with minimal difficulty.

Also, Ned brought me some 3 lb weights to lift.  I can do it easily 4 times with the left arm and with difficulty a 5th time.  The right arm won't lift it an inch, but yesterday it did go straight up with that weight, though after that it would work at all.  I discovered that if I raised the weight with both hands and then let go with the left arm, I could lower it with the right.  A work around!  This morning, to my shock,  the right arm lifted the weight five times.

So I'm cautiously optimistic that this is not a permanent condition and that I will eventually improve, though my CK numbers are not falling like they should (I see the neurologist again next week).

Normalization for me too!



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