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Normal is a word that I try not to use anymore. Danielle met a boy who was attending Narcotics Anonymous for his drug habit. She attended one meeting with him to see what it was all about, and on the way home, he tried to play on her emotions.

"You have a normal life. You have no idea how hard it is to quit drugs."

He didn't get any sympathy from her, as she answered, "I didn't do anything stupid like start drugs in the first place."

And so this boy joined the others that she met along the way that she did not need to know any better.

Although I knew how hard her life was, she just looked like any other teenager. I considered that a real accomplishment.

Normal is just a setting on the washing machine.

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