When I had my fourth child, I began getting some strange, intrusive comments from strangers, and I realized….I had entered the realm of “big families.” I was a little surprised, because I didn’t feel like I had a big family, But I got it. In our culture, in our time, four is more than average, for sure. Now I have eight babies. Not all babies, of course, but as my 5-yr-old will quote me as saying, “Even when you’re a grown-up, you’re still your mama’s baby.” So I may be a bit of an expert on big families. 🙂 Are you?
You might have a big family if you drive a 12-passenger van, 15-passenger van, or a retrofitted school bus.
You might have a big family if you buy condiments in gallon-sized containers. (We do this with salsa.)
You might have a big family if you have ever been asked if you run a daycare when only your children are present.
You might have a big family if you have ever been accused of trying to “beat” the Duggars. (Please….I’m not even close. And I don’t pro-create for sport.)
You might have a big family if your children have ever been counted by a stranger as your family walks by them.
You might have a big family if you’ve heard, “Wow, you have your hands full!” and you only had half your kids with you.
You might have a big family if you can easily tune out a squealing baby, a toddler banging her fork on the table, knock-knock jokes followed by crazy laughter, a game of keep-away with your child’s hat flying across the table, and ranch-covered fingers gripping your arm while you have a conversation with your spouse.
You might have a big family if you can play a game of kickball without any guests.
You might have a big family if you’ve been asked if you know “what causes that,” or been told, “wow, you’ve been busy (*wink, wink).” These people always think they’re hilarious and original. They are neither. 🙂
You might have a big family (and a small house) if your children sleep in a pile like puppies; it’s even sweeter when they don’t have to, because you actually do have enough beds, but they love each other so much that they do it anyway.