Saturday, December 13, 2008
Everything Times 9
When my children were younger, I complained about the school expenses around Christmas time. All three of them needed to pay for classroom Christmas Party contributions plus a gift for each of them to bring to school to exchange with their classmates. So that means: everything x 3.
Then, because they were members of other school clubs, like the Glee Club, etc., they held separate Christmas parties too. No need for new clothes but contributions for the food and again, Christmas gift. I have three children that are musically inclined and members of the GC, so again, everything x 3.
When my eldest daughter went to college, things changed a bit. Not much Christmas expenses for her anymore (but she had bigger expenses in other things, but that's another story) So, I am now down to Christmas expenses x 2. (what a relief!!!)
x 2 is still something I complain about BUT.... when I heard about my youngest son's fellow Glee Club member, a first year high school student who has eight siblings (YES, E-I-G-H-T ) I realized I have to stop complaining. LOL
Just imagine -- everything x9!!!!!
I am posting a picture of the nine siblings (with permission from them, of course) because I find it "CUTE" (I am sure their parents have their share of hardships raising all nine but you just have to agree with me that they are "cute" anyway. I bet we all could use a little bit of inspiration from the hard work they are putting in to raise these beautiful children)
Seven girls and two boys. Two of the girls are sort of "grown-ups" now (although still school age -- the eldest is in second year college) so the five younger girls tend to be more bonded together. (Check out the pictures of the five girls and see what I mean when I said "cute") -- but yes, my head spins -- imagining how they sort clothes when it is time to put them away in their closets. Then I think about shoes in the shoe rack...and school bags....and notebooks and books....and slippers.....and....pillows....and ...breakfast and lunch and dinner....christmas everyday!!! and.......oh my!
So ....no more complaints now.