Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Mother's Of Large Famlies
I forgot to say there were three sets of twins in the family of 23 I spoke about last entry. That is still a lot of births. We thought John's mother's family of 12 were a lot and I thought my sister's family of 10 is a lot. John's mother gave birth at home to all but the last. John says she was really impressed with having a baby in the hospital and thought it was very easy. I was lucky there were only four of us and we were spread far apart in age so we didn't ever go without food and we had good clothes because my mama could sew. We did however live in a house with no paint and no bathroom. Daddy didn't think those things were inportant. He had a good solid cement porch built to sit on and a good roof put on. Those and good plain food was important to him. I remember one of my sister's ten would hide food in her dresser drawer at times. She could have a snack when she wanted it before the other kids ate it up. Mothers of large families deserve a crown but at the same time it isn't always fair to the kids. John's family was in two groups. He was the oldest of the second group so he had to quit school to help support his younger siblings. He didn't get to play football or graduate. His sister said they never got to play they always had chores to do or work in the field. I can't imagine missing out on playing baseball in the street or rock school on the church steps or sitting on the bench in front of the barber shop with girlfriends giggling and waving at strangers on Sunday.