As a mom of 10, I've experienced countless times when someone has come up to me with rude comments about the number of children I've had. It used to surprise me how much nerve people possess to ask questions like:

Are all of them yours?

Then when I say yes, it's...

Whoa! I feel sorry for you!

Or maybe there's a statement like...

"You didn't actually deliver all of them, did you?" Followed by...

"You and your husband need a DVD."

Well, as rude as people can be, I have a few things I'd like to say in response to those comments and questions.


For those who ask if all of my children are mine, as far as I can remember, I've spent in excess of 120 combined hours in labor with them. I, very much in full consciousness, brought each of them into this world, and excuse me but, I won't be giving anyone else credit for that! Thank you, very much. I will admit that one was a c-section. That procedure was sort of covered up and I couldn't quite see what was going on, so she may just be questionable (but my husband vouches for her).

Anyone who feels sorry for me must know this:

I view children as a blessing. So, if a person receives ten times the blessing, I'd be wanting some of that blessing too. I surely wouldn't waste my energy feeling sorry for someone who's been blessed 10 times.

Fact is, I have a lot people to care for me and to contribute to you as well. I mean, think about it. My children, that you complain about, are well behaved, disciplined and will be well educated citizens who will productively work and likely contribute to your benefit in your later years.

Lastly, my husband and I have a DVD. We just don't use it often. I don't find him complaining about it, so why should anyone else? Just sayin'.

Bottom line. I'm happy to have a group of beautiful, helpful children who consciously practice thinking of others before themselves in such a selfish world. They're already a whole lot better off than the people who confront me with these comments.

Stay lovely!


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