Friday, November 06, 2009

An open letter to the world in regards to this huge circus of people I call a family

Dear world,

Yes, I know I have children. Yes, I know I have more than the 2.3 that has become the norm. Yes, I really do dare to step outside my home with said children. You've noticed. I know. What you may not have noticed, however, is we want, we adore and we are responsible for and with our children.

I'm sure you didn't notice that. How could you? You were far too busy gasping from shock at the sight of our gaggle of children. That sharp inhale of copious amounts of oxygen must have left you light-headed to the point where you missed that entirely. I realize the sight of four children is simply shocking. I apologize for not always having an extra person with me to catch the fainting folks who are so stunned at the sight of our gigantic reality-show-sized family.

I'll make you a deal. I'll try to be more considerate if you try to be less of a moron. What say you, world? Do we have a deal?

Reiza (and the huge family you think should be featured on TLC)

Photo courtesy of Awkward Family Photos. I suspect this is how my family appears to most folks.


TheFeministBreeder said...

Is this what I have to look forward to? I want four as well.

Actually, every time I tell someone I want even one more child they gasp and say "You do?!?!?" Since WHEN did 3 or 4 kids become a huge family? Jesus.

Reiza said...

The stupid comments about how many kids we have started when we only had 3.

Random strangers used to come up to us when we only had the twins and say, "Well, I guess you're done," and "Too bad it's not a girl and a boy. Then you'd be done."

NO! We wanted four kids. And who the hell says that to a stranger? They didn't know what we'd been through just to have those two.

About 5 or 6 years ago, Wal-Mart ran this ad that featured a family with 3 boys and the voice-over said, "When you have a large family like we do..." I remember thinking, "WTF? 3 kids does not a large family make."

Phyllis Sommer said...

i've read the owlhaven book about large families - and that is totally big - 10 kids is a lot to me.

then i found "table for five" - which basically says that anything over 2 is a "large family" - i foudn that to be a little weird. what happened to "3 is the new 2"?

i always tell people - either you've got one or you've got a lot - enjoy them and embrace the gift. i do hope we have more...