In the car after school, Imogen was uncharacteristically quiet. Though she doesn't always talk to me, she usually sings or tells stories. Today, nothing, until this conversation, initiated by her.
Imogen: Mummy, I'm not normal.
Me: What does normal mean?
Imogen: I don't really know but I'm not normal and I just want to be normal.
Me: I think you're really great the way you are. Can you tell me some more about what makes you want to be normal?
Imogen: No. I miss my friends in Turkey.*
*"I miss my friends in Turkey" is the script to which Imogen reverts to when she's overwhelmed by and unable to talk about emotions she's experiencing.
Any suggestions for on how to talk to Imogen about this? I'm heartbroken for her that she feels this way.