I suffer from this hideous failing of setting out to charm strangers.
T. H. White
The thing is, you have to have normal to appreciate losing normal and getting it back. Our circumstances are not normal. What we have is a sort of make-do, as we have our son and his daughter living with us. This has become, not normal but regular. She has been off visiting a friend way up north and should be back today. But you can't really trust a teenager to take the natural precautions in travel, so the exact time of her return has been unclear. It should have beeen last week, then Monday, then today. Teens apparently don't understand that you have to take customs into account in order to cross borders. This has all caused stress and tension here, as we see if we are going to get back to, not normal, but regular.