So, I’ve been a slacker blogger this week. Scott was out of town for a few days enjoying cooler weather up in Colorado. Me? I was here with 4 kids, 4 dentist appointments, a playdate, a pest control date, a million errands and a partridge in a pear tree. But, before I go all “my life is so busy” I decided to check my email this morning and found THE most amazing message in my inbox. Kathleen, you have no idea how much your note uplifted my day. God does have a way of humbling us and making us realize that our life is one to be thankful for – no matter the craziness, the sadness or the happiness. So, Kathleen, thank you for reminding me to be thankful…
Now, I realize it is Thursday, but will you afford me this slacker blogger pleasure and post the top ten today anyway? No? Tough. Here it is! With 4 kids in tow, I hear some pretty outlandish things. You’d be surprised what intelligent adults (and I do use the term “intelligent” loosely) will say to complete strangers. I promise I’ve really heard these – some more than once. I’m tempted to say something sarcastic – shocking, right? But, I usually mind my manners.
TOP TEN: THE THINGS PEOPLE SAY (and how I want to respond!)
1. Are they all yours?
(Nope, picked ’em up on aisle 5, they had a special, buy two, get two free.)
2. Boy, you have your hands full.*
(Oh, this is nothing, the twins are at home.)
*This one wins the frequent flier list…I think I hear it everytime we go out!
3. Wow! Are you Catholic or Mormon?
(Hi, I’m Kathryn.)
4. (insert heavy sigh here) People should not have that many kids.
(People shouldn’t be that rude.)
5. You’re not having any more…are you?
(I don’t know, you’ve asked the wrong person.)
6. Well, somebody needs a timeout.
(Yes, perhaps you?)
7. Were they planned?
(Yes, God just didn’t tell me in advance.)
8. Guess the birth control didn’t work.
(Oh it worked, it’s called faith.)
9. You should stop while you’re ahead.
(Wow, did you just say that out loud?)
10. You have a beautiful family.
See, not all of them were outlandish! In all seriousness, when people see a large family (and in all honesty, I don’t think ours is all that large) they want to say something nice or helpful, but sometimes it just comes out the wrong way. We love our kids, our circumstance and feel extraordinarily blessed. I wouldn’t have it any other way.