It is that time of year again, when we take a small break from schooling and I am out and about with my little ones. Every time we leave the house we receive comments from strangers. By far the most common one is: "My, you have your hands full!" People also ask if James and Isaac are twins, and occasionally I will be asked if the boys are triplets.
Here are some funny comments that I have gotten recently.
At a science museum as I am herding my crew into an elevator a lady leaving the elevator catches my eye, points to the kids and says, "That's work!"
Michael and I, with all the kids and travel gear (stroller, carry-on bags, laptop, etc) prepare to board an airplane. After the flight attendant scanned our tickets, I was about three steps away when she said to the next passenger (in a slightly raised voice as if I was supposed to hear), "My GAWD! That is not how I would travel!"
We get off the plane and we are heading to baggage claim with the kids and all the travel gear. We have to board one of those airport trains. We herd the children on and instruct them to hold on, stabilize the stroller, secure the baggage, etc. The woman looks right at me and says in a sarcastic but pointed voice, "You need one more kid." I respond, "Well, uh... I hope I have several more children." The lady, clearly embarrassed that I didn't respond how she was expecting mumbles something about how great kids are and then the train comes to the station. She declares in an elevated voice, "Well, here's the stop!" and she departs. Michael and I exchange puzzled looks.
Now for the grand finale. This happened today at the library:
The scene: The older boys were at a library program on bees. I was with Henry and Margaret in the children's room. The program ends, the boys enter the room with the other 40 children that were in the program. I begin to round them up by the counter where I am waiting to check out books. A 30-something, hip-looking mama(HLM) is behind me.
HLM: "Wow! Are they all yours?"
Me: "These four are mine."
HLM: "Well aren't you just Fertile-Mertle."
Me (Laughing): "Did... did you just call me 'Fertile-Mertle'?"
HLM: "Yeah, the way you've been popping out kids. Everyone should be so blessed."
Me: "Uh, thanks?"
Well, if I could only use one word to describe my life now it would be "fun." These children have changed everything about me, about my relationship with Michael, about everything. This is the most fun I have ever had, and I wouldn't change it for the world!