Large Families

  1. Anyonehere from alarge family?

    My dad was one of 13 kids. When his mother died, his dad remarried and had another 13, yes, that is a total of 26 brothers and sisters.

    My dad died when I was 16. The last family reunion I went to was in 1986. This Tuesday, my uncle died. He was my father's closest brother, and lived in our town. This uncle who died gave me away at my wedding since my father was already passed. Most of my/his family are scattered all over the country. I told my cousin I wasso sad about it, but in a way overjoyed that I would see all my aunts and uncles again(as my cousin says, they always come out for a good funeral!)

    IN the last two days I have been from pure joy to pure sadness, and I am so drained and feel so empty having to say goodbye to them all so soon. I looked into their sweet faces, some of them getting so old (my dad would have been 79), and it broke my heart to think I won't have them in my life for much longer. Thought they are still the spunky clan I always remember.

    Not even sure why I am starting this thread, I can't see to type any more. Tell me about your family reunions, I need to be cheered up!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    Hey Hoolahan-

    I would tell you about my family but I'm afraid it wouldn't cheer you up much.

    What reminds me of my family is a line by Jack Nicholson from the movie "As Good as it Gets." In the movie he states something like, "it's not that you're mad because you had it so bad, but rather, that other people had it so good: picnics and noodlesalad."
  4. by   thisnurse
    if i had a family reunion nobody would come. they hate each other
  5. by   tiger
    my hubby has 7 brothers, 8 sisters, and five other half/siblings. most all live in the same small town. pretty big family. they have a yearly reunion. it's nice.
  6. by   jayna
    Have large family here...you know culture thing.......if any one in my family dies the whole island people would be present.......freaks me sometimes......
  7. by   debbyed
    My grandfather was one of 13 kids. When I was growing up every August they would rent a whole park (swimming pool included) up in Penn. It was wonderful. As the years went by and first my grandfather and than my father dying we just sorta stopped going. I'm really sorry we did because I've lost contact with the rest of the family.

    But as a child it was a high oint of my summer. Those memories I will always have.
  8. by   semstr
    Yes I have a laaaarrrge family, but we're over the whole world, so we hardly come together.

    My father has 7 brother and sisters, all, but one sister have at least three children, most have 4.

    Yes and we are eight too, but we almost stopped the family growing, it's just me and one sister who have one daughter each. And our youngest sister is pregnant. The boys, are not interested in becoming fathers (the boys are between 39 and 24)

    My granny is still alive and a few years ago we had a reunion, where 60 of us could come! (just children, grand- and greatgrandchildren) it was amazing to see cousins from the US, Australia and New Zealand, who look just like you do!

    Since I am the oldest of the grandchildren it will be up to me to organize the next reunion in two years time.
    Hopefully the world is a better one till then.

    Take care, Renee
  9. by   night owl
    My husband is the eldest of ten. When I first met him I had the darnedest time trying to remember all of their names! Then when he asked me to marry him, I said, "There goes my christmas club!" He said, "Don't worry, we pick names at thanksgiving." Thank God. I go broke trying to keep up with the birthday cards and the Christmas cards, forget it...Now they're all married with kids of their own. No one has a more than two children so far. Christmas time he said their living room was nothing but a sea of presents and Mom did all the shopping by catalog. She also sews like a professional seamstress. I guess you had to with that many kids! Me, I have one brother and one who passed away in '96.
  10. by   jayna
    ...oh Renee
    can i have one of your brother.....hahahaha
  11. by   semstr
    whcih one do you want?
    I can recommend the 2. one, he is the nicest looking one! 35, 1.95 ,90 kg, dark blond hair, babyblues, social worker in Amsterdam.
    The third on isn't bad either, 28 or 29 not sure now, 1.90, 90 kg, white-blond, brown eyes, he's a technical drawer or something like that, never understood what he is really doing.
    They've both got very nice girlfriends though, but don't want to get married and when you mention kids they start running!

    btw, the oldest one is pretty gay and the youngest still too stupid, although goodlooking and very tall!! (up to 2.oo) and he's with the airforce, but oh my God, all he does when he comes home on leave, is drink and f...
    But maybe in a few years, he'll be ok.
  12. by   jayna
    ohhh...
    ...great Renee...any of your brothers..you have to choose for me...

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