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You know you are a large family when… June 23, 2011

Filed under: You know you are a large family when... — jps23 @ 10:51 pm

you check out your rear view mirror or walk out of a restaurant and see someone counting the stick people on the family sticker on your rear windshield.

It makes us giggle every time, but sometimes it is down right awkward to walk out to someone hanging out at the rear of your vehicle.  Tonight, Adam and I went out on a date with the baby in tow.  I met Adam near the bank for dinner and a movie.  We parked side by side in our vans, which both have family stickers on the back (  The “mini” van has our family when there were six kids (never added Joseph or Thomas) and the “many” van has the seven kids, with no Isaac added yet.  We walk out of the restaurant to a woman who actually sat two tables away from us inside.  She keeps counting, and as we walk up, she asks us about our family.  She is fascinated and makes a little more small talk and heads off on her way.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve caught someone in the rear view mirror, counting our little people as we sit at a red light, stop sign, or drive thru.  Once upon a time, that sort of thing bothered me because I was afraid of what folks would actually say to me.  However, we have been met with so much genuine kindness by people that we now see it as a laughable moment.


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