Uggh…. That question has got to be the most bizarre – It always makes me laugh! I know I’m not having a monkey or an elephant… Let me see, last I knew I was having a BABY!!
Since we began to share with family and friends that God is blessing us with another arrow to add to our ever-expanding quiver, the questions are flying at us from all directions. I don’t just get the shocked looks and “oh my, another one?” now I get the fun questions to answer, too…. And believe me, there are plenty!
One that drives me nuts, though, is the question that is so often posed to me, especially now that I am going to have child number 6… “How will you have enough love to go around?” I suppose it seems like a legitimate question to that only child out there, or to those parents who have only one or two children, but I just don’t get it! If I was created in the image of God and He loves the whole world, how could He have given me only enough love to share with a few??? Sure my time and attention may be limited, but, in addition to me and Daddy, there are 5 older siblings (pseudo moms and dads, if you will) that will love on this little one! Besides, God never gives us more than we are capable, through Him, to take care of, and I believe that He will continue to increase the love I have to share as my family increases!
“Where are you going to put them all?” As if they were rabbits! You know, I spent most of my childhood living in very small spaces. Sure, it seemed cramped at times, but there was love shared and we all enjoyed being close to each other (we still do!). My siblings and I grew up respecting each other and watching out for each other. I think our 2700 square foot house will do just fine – My children have plenty of room to learn, play and grow. Heck, we have enough room for several more!
This is a fun one… “Are you sure you’re not having twins again?” Am I really that big??? Now, I know that once one has twins the chances of having another set increase, but just because I’ve had twins once doesn’t mean I am destined to have twins again. (After 2 ultrasounds and eight months, don’t ya think we would know?)
“Are you gonna have more, or are you done after this?” The all-too-familiar shocked looks return when I answer this question. I have two answers actually. Most often I just reply, with a shrug, “I don’t know, we’ll see,” but sometimes I add, “…God has put it on our hearts to adopt someday, too… We could end up with TEN!”
Now for my all-time favorite question asked, even by perfect strangers… “Don’t you know what causes that?” Uh, yeah, and we like it!
I’m sure every mom, or mom-to-be, has been asked ridiculously silly questions, at one point. How do you answer the questions that are just silly?