My family circa mid '70's.  I do believe the smile on my mother's face is in direct response to having all her children in one place-with her.  I am often seen with that same smile when such a thing happens in our family.

My family circa mid ’70’s. I do believe the smile on my mother’s face is in direct response to having all her children in one place-with her. I am often seen with that same smile when such a thing happens in our family.

Getting 7 busy people in the same place at the same time is a pretty big task.  But like everything, we will find time for those things that matter most-and family matters.

The symbolism of the number 7 includes the idea of perfection, eternal life, unity, and my favorite, divine abundance.  I hope to never imply that my family of origin was a perfectly realized unit of bliss and perpetual harmony.  Like any family, there were everyday stresses, relationship issues, learning and keeping boundaries-all the stuff that exists in a home regardless of the number of participants.  But, I did grow up with a sense of security that I would be cared for.  I would go so far as to say that I grew up with a sense of divine abundance.  No matter how much food, money, space, love, or attention, there always seemed to be enough.

Family size is such a personal decision, and I am fascinated that we as a society feel justified in commenting on the number of children parents choose to welcome into their family.  I have observed disastrous parenting in families of 2-3 children and exemplary parenting in homes with 6-9 little ones.  It appears the pendulum is swinging back from the ’60’s mantra of “two and done.”  Between the 1990 census and the 2010 census there was a jump from 2.1 to 2.8 million families with 4 or more children.

All 5 of us in my family have rallied on occasion to be of service to our parents.  Once, when getting ready for my mother to move from her home of 42 years, iSissy3 observed the great effort each of us was making to get things done and pondered how her two children would handle that situation when the time came, and declared, “Two will not be nearly enough!”  Divine abundance, indeed.

YOUR TURN

Have you had enough children to get you through your old age?  What is a large family in your mind?  How often is ALL of your family able to be together?

Have you ever asked a mother of 4-5 children under foot if she knew what caused it?  (Apparently that is a common question to mothers of a large brood and, not surprisingly to the person, each knew exactly what caused it.)