Over the years I've learned to smile when people ask “So how many children do you have?” I know their reaction to my answer will probably be one of the following:
1. A look of horror crosses their face as they crassly declare, "Better you than me!"
Thankfully, this one doesn't happen too often. When it does, then I'm the one who gets the look of horror on my face. How can anyone think so poorly of the blessings of children?
2. They flash back a confused smile. "What? You're kidding!" Once I assure them that I am serious they react as in #3.
3. Their jaw hits the floor as they blurt out, "Ten?!?" Often the comment follows “You must be superwoman! How do you do it all?”
The answer is I don't! There's no possible way one woman could do all the laundry, cleaning, cooking, refereeing, hugging, chauffeuring, potty training, counselling, etc. involved in raising ten children. I gave up trying years ago.
So how do I manage? And thus begins my first series...