Since pretty much our 3rd kid, when someone discovers how many children we have, a good chunk of the time the question gets asked, “Why?” Often it is presented in a more joky fashion – like, “Do you know what causes that?” or “They have solutions for that, you know.” I haven’t always had the best answer for it.. my answer tends to be on the long-winded side – we both love kids, and we both love each other, and we don’t like watching TV much so…
But seriously, it never crossed our minds to have an abortion, and hormonal birth control was messing with my wife’s body too much to stick with. Nerfing sex drives kind of defeats the purpose of birth control doesn’t it? So, other methods were employed. Twice those methods failed us – resulting in 3 of our 6. Three times, we chose to set them aside. And to be perfectly clear, the two times they didn’t work, we weren’t upset – things just happened sooner than we expected or planned for. Our last were twins, but we were thinking of having another 2 or 3 years down the road anyway, so it just bumped up our plans.
But you came here for something amusing – and I want to share it! I ran across a blog with 5 kids, and there was this post about why they have as many as they do. The Dad had a great perspective – “I don’t have to convince you of my politics or religion. I just have to outnumber you.” I love that – it speaks of deliberation, and thinking of the future. I can’t say we stepped into having 6 with such forethought.
But the comments – oh the comments! They were rich with pithy one liners to respond with! If you need an answer to some snide, “You know what causes that?” – here you go!
- (female response) “Well behaved children and an irresistible husband!”
- (male response) “Good kids and a HOTT wife!”
- “We’re pretty sure, but more testing is required.”
- “We’ve narrowed it down to water or sex, and we aren’t giving up either one!”
- “I handle my business, and God handles his.”
- “Yep, and we’ve got the trophies to prove it right here!”
If you’ve got a good response to that question, please add it in the comments! I’d love to grow the list!