Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Stereotypical Beliefs Of A Large Family

You know, I should have a bumper sticker made saying Hi! I'm Mom to 5 and I'm broke as a joke! People would just read thinking 'yep she is' but then look at my van and wonder how I could afford my brand new van? Then probably assume I pay for it with my welfare check.
I ran into this stereotype this past week. Asked "Are you guys doing ok?" Yes we are! No we're not on welfare but thanks for thinking it! (insert rolling eyes here) In this picture I'm holding 10 free cheeseburger cards from McDonalds and 3 free kid's meal cards from Applebees, minus 3 Applebees cards I used the other day. I have been making off great every time I've taken the kids recently to the Dentist or Doctor when someone asks how many kids I have. I'm thinking maybe this is actually a perk! Yes! Assume I'm broke! Also if my insurance wasn't covering therapy I was also told just to "pay what I could" and that would do. Wow! Sweet man but again, I'm not broke!

What mom of many hasn't ran into common assumptions. I tell ya my list could go on forever.
"Are these all yours?" Man I love running into old friends from high school who haven't caught up with us on myspace or facebook. No they aren't all mine, my husband left me for someone else for a few years then came back with kids!?!? Geesh!

"What's he think of all of them?" I will never forget when the Schwans Man asked me this when we were expecting #5. I stood there stupidly looking at him like "did he really just ask that?!" Sadly this has been asked more times than I can count. I guess the belief is that some women trick men into having a ton of kids. I think men (although sometimes not REAL smart) are smart enough to know that sex can sometimes = baby. Call me stupid but I just think they are smart enough to know that. And just to make it clear, I have always made it clear to my dh when I have baby fever and he's always been there to say if it happens it happens!

(Redneck Kansas voice here) "What are ya, Catholic?" Someone for the 100th time asked me this the other day, not in a redneck voice though. lol Does it honestly matter what denomination you really are? I think the next time asked I'm just going to say "Ugh! No, I'm not religious at all just quiverfull." Use my awesome gift of sarcasm and see if they can figure that one out. "Do You Know What Causes That?" The freaks out there that ask this question should really come over at 9 pm when I'm passed out on the couch for good for the night.

So in 2 weeks I'll be taking Dominic back to the Dr and really am curious if he's going to handout more free McDonald coupons for all of our kids. You know Sophia at 3 months old is loving cheeseburgers. lol

7 comments:

kbreints said...

Love your doctors that give those out! People are ignorant... no excuses.

Sabrina said...

Katie- No kidding! Can't really beat free food! Can you imagine when they all are doing Book It from Pizza Hut?? That'll be awesome!

Veronica said...

Oh Sabrina, I LOVE you!!

Morgan said...

You get free meal coupons because you have lots of kids, no way!?!

I have to say, we have 4 and aren't rolling in the dough at all. In fact, we just got to where we have more than $2 left over after each paycheck. But, we love our kids and they are SO worth it.

People are always amazed when they see that I have a child. The other day when I told a lady I had 4, she said, "They're all YOURS?!?" I love comments like that. : )

Jess said...

I love it! I get the same comments! People just don't get it. . .

Justi said...

Oh, yes....I get comments all the time! "They are all yours?" (insert shocked face here!), lol..."Are you having more", etc....When I am just with one or two of them and tell people that I have four, they are surpised....Ugh!

Julie said...

This is hilarious and sad at the same time! Thanks for your keen perceptions on society's ignorant generalizations.