Chiming in on the big family topic late here, because I've been doing that home improvment thing. Pictures coming later. At any rate this week's topic are the comments others make concerning family size. Let me start this by saying that I communicate with lots of families with 10 or more kids. I don't really think six is that big. I am in the minority on that.
In no particular order of aggravation:
Don't you know what causes that?
Why yes, I do, and I have received some very nice compliments in that area thank you.
You need a hobby, TV, cable, etc.
My what original comments. You must have plumbed your encyclopedia of witty comments/small talk for those.
I'd kill myself.
Be quiet in front of my kids or I may do the job for you.
You must be insane or alternately You must be a saint.
Yes, yes I am.
Are they all yours?
No, I've collected strays.
How do you afford/feed/care for them ALL!
With great care and effort.
I can't handle my two.
No one could without a whip and chair.
I'm sure glad it's not me.
So am I, and I'm sure my kids will agree.
Are you having more?
This really translates into Are you going to have unprotected sex and lots of it? I think that is way TMI for you.
I'd like to say I hold myself above base comments, but, sadly I often blurt out the first smarta** thing that comes to mind.
If I'm feeling mellow and pleasant I'l just answer them all with the truth. I like kids. They sometimes even grow into interesting adults. Whose parents taught them not to make rude comments.