Ever get some wild thought or idea in your head and just have to go do it right then, or at least start making plans to do it, for fear that it will never happen if you don't. That is happening to me more often of late. Can't decide if it is just another side effect of getting older or life's reminder that my past is way longer than my future.
Recently, I had to get a pen and paper and count the size of my family. Why wouldn't you already know this, you Ask? Well, because my family is large and I've been guessing at the actual number for a while now. I finally decided I had to get it right.
The tally went like this:
Me and the Old Salt 2
My child and her spouse 2
Siblings spouses 10
Nieces 14 -- Nephews 12
Niece's and Nephew's spouses 7
Great-Nieces 9 -- Great-Nephews 4
If my math is correct that makes my mother the matriarch of a family of 74 people who gather around her each holiday. By the end of the year that figure will change. We have a wedding and a new baby scheduled this fall. (not the same person) Add in all the boyfriends and girlfriends who attend our family gatherings and Christmas should see the headcount go into the eighties.
|Last family photo taken on my Mother's eightieth birthday in 2006. |
Count heads and you will find that we have grown a bit since then.
I'm sure your next question is going to be "how far off was your guess?" Truthfully, if I added in the boy/girlfriends, I was short by a few. Now I should go count my Aunts, Uncles and cousins......Oh My!
This is where it all started. My parents and their baker's dozen in 1972. I'm in the back row far left.
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