“Normalcy.”  We’re returning to normal, here at the Spruce Tunnel.


Very soon now Son’s plane will touch down and he will have returned, according to FlightAware’s tracking system.

SAMSUNG   He had stopped in to say good-bye more than a week ago, on his way to the airport.   He was going to spend a week and a half with his sister (known around here as Daughter)  who is working temporarily in Amsterdam.    Daughter and Daughter’s Husband and – Cooper! – were all there ahead of time.

I knew everyone would have a good time together,  and that’s what I concentrated on, that day when I watched Son’s car drive away.



Probably only a mother would keep a little spot of light in her heart,  but that spot of light at the end of my street would be my last “picture” of Son, and for a while life would not be quite “normal” without him.

That was okay:    Cooper awaited:

Ams Dutch Shoes


And Son would be Cooper’s Uncle for a few days:

Ams Abbey Rd John 1 400

A good kind of “not normal”  –  an interesting,  mind stretching, life enhancing “not normal.”

We all have built into us, built into our minds, the Bias to the Normal.   We quickly adapt,  and new circumstances become normal for us, for a while or permanently.    It’s a good coping skill.  We look all around us, assess the situation, learn the parameters and the new rules, and then live with it.

But that Bias to the Normal can also get in our way if we’re not alert and watchful.   As things happen,, as things change,  as new things come into existence,  we expect the Normal.  We just send out our “minds” and put them on auto-pilot, without discerning whether what has developed around us is good or bad.   Our “mind” is not our intellect, but we use our intellect to make decisions and judgments.  Are these new circumstances “all right”  or is something developing which ought to be stopped and redirected?

The entertainment/news media,  the culture, the politics and the fashions of our generation all use our minds on auto-pilot and put our intellects in the background.       And then our Bias to the Normal acts as a filter between the world and our intellects.   We think what we’re seeing is probably normal.

Following  along with only our minds can lead us into some very non-normal circumstances.  And then we’d have to adapt ourselves to an unexpected new world  —  a whole New World Order of things.



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2 Comments on “THE “BIAS TO NORMAL””

  1. How WONDERFUL … International Travel … I have never been out of this continent …

    My daughter took trips to various European countries … What a special way to create lifetime memories !

    I will be watching for updates.,

  2. Yeah, lifetime memories for mom. Son has been MISSING for the last 24 hours. Two scheduled flights — and he was not on either…..Just heard from him that he’s “on the road.” In this state, I presume. I’d better be hearing one good story about this. Then I’ll calm down and add this to international travel experiences! ha ha

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