Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Word of the Day:

Fecund \FEE-kuhnd; FEK-uhnd\, adjective:

1. Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful; prolific.

Now that the kids are out of school and we travel en masse, I get some strange looks and odd inquiries. Here's a list of fecund related questions I get from strangers on a weekly basis followed by my mind's retaliation:

5. Are those kids all yours?

Whoa! No ma'am, I dint see that last yung'n. Whooose d'ya spose that is?

4. How do you do it?

Do? Do what? Life? What are my alternatives? I do it crazily, hectically, lovingly, grumpily, beautifully, gratefully, sometimes heavily medicated but otherwise joyfully. How would you do it?

3. You know how that happens, don't you?

Dagnabit, if I could just figger how this keeps happnin' I might be able to stop it, like a leaky faucet, just plug it right up.

2. Are they from the same father?

Do I look like I have separate litters?

And the top most ridiculously asked question...

1. Are you done yet?

Done? Done what? The answer to #3? What's it to you? Do you really want to know the answer?


Carol said...

Our pastor and his wife have 8 kids - 7 girls and 1 boy. They don't get too many questions like that in the culture we live in, but when they go back to visit churches in the midwest, then the questions are ever present.
Their oldest graduates next year and is planning to go to Moody. (Yea).
Enjoy your little ones while they are with you - I probably don't have to tell you they grow up too fast!

Steph VG said...

This is ridiculous, Cristi. I'm SO sorry. It's about as good as, "Happy Mother's Day to you, too! Oh, wait - you don't have kids. Don't you want them, or don't you care? Are you even trying?" Or, "People who choose not to have children are simply selfish. There are so many options out there to have children, so the only possible reason not to have them nowadays is plain selfishness."

People just don't think, or they think they're the first ones ever to say something they think is clever. Grr.

christina said...

Wow. I think stupid people shouldn't talk. That would solve a lot of problems.