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Big Families Freak People Out

Just the other day a woman -a complete stranger -asked me if I'd ever heard of birth control as I was walking with my five children. The New York Times (of all places!) tells me I'm not alone:

THE comment from the photographer at Sears was typical. “Are these all yours?” she asked, surveying Kim Gunnip’s 12 children.

No,” Mrs. Gunnip replied, “I picked some up at the food court.”
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4 comments:

Michael Hirsh said...

As the father of 13 (does that make me a "super freak"), I try to catalog my responses to perfect strangers asking about my sex life:
1. We don't have a TV, so we make our own sex and violence.
2. Yes, we know what causes it. We just refuse to give it up.
3. Sure our hands are full. Better that than empty.
4. My wife is hard of hearing. When I come home I ask her if she wants to go out to eat or what. She always says "what."

MommaLlama said...

"4. My wife is hard of hearing. When I come home I ask her if she wants to go out to eat or what. She always says "what.""

Okay, that is FUNNY!

I'm the mom of ONLY 3, and I'm always surprised to hear comments, or have (very rude and intrusive) questions asked of me. And at times the questions go as far as to question my marriage and my morality! SAD!

Steve45243 said...

I'm the dad of "ONLY 3"; I encounter the same types of people MommaLlama does. The reaction we get to our use of NFP is incredible (in a bad way).

eulogos said...

Me back around 1978,largely pregnant with my fourth, at the check out counter in a grocery store, trying to stop youngest child in cart seat from picking up a carton of eggs. Checkout girl, "Why don't you get yourself fixed, so this doesn't keep happenng to you?" Me, "But, but ,but I WANT all my children."

I eventually had nine.
Susan Peterson


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