There are the medals that say "You are crazy!" This one I just give a nice little nod to. Making too big of a fuss over this one would make me go crazy.
Then there is the medal of "I would never do what you are doing!" Normally I hear this one when I am in the grocery store with all five of them at once. At times I take this one as an insult, but then I try to remember that I can do what I am doing. I am able to take them all to the grocery store and not forget too much of what I needed. Most people probably wouldn't attempt taking them all. (Just so you know...I don't always take them all with me. I try to go when I have my husband to watch the girls or someone else who is able to help out.)
The one that bugs me the most is "Don't you know what causes that?" This one I heard most while I was pregnant. It's the one when people say it I try to ignore their comment. I try to pretend that they didn't even say it. I wonder how they would feel if they were with their parents and someone said that to their mom. Or even if they had their kids running around them and someone said it. This has really made me think about what I say to other people. How would I feel if someone said it to me? But really it's nice to talk to other people with large families because it's something we can all laugh about.
One that I kind of laugh about "Are they all yours?" Why yes...yes they are! I get this one really. I am young and my kids are all pretty young. Most people my age are just starting to have their first. Most of them aren't even married yet and are still in the party stage of life. So it's ok...I get the question.
The one I got on Sunday was the best. We only had 4 of our girls at Pizza Hut for lunch. My mom and dad had taken out our oldest. I was dealing with the girls and it seemed like they were all going crazy. I mean everyone had to go potty at different times. The pizza was too hot. They needed help blowing on their pizza. One dropped a piece on the floor and took a dive after it which caused her to hit her chin on the table. The baby needed to eat and as usual she was fussy the WHOLE time eating. So I was tired when we finished. As we were walking out this lady looked at me and said "You deserve a medal!" I laughed it off with a little chuckle sure that she thought I was crazy and that my kids were wild. Then after that she actually made me tear up a little. She said "You have such well behaved children!" WOW! It's times like this that I remember I really do have great kids. They listen, they are polite and they are good. Sometimes I just have to remind myself of that and remind myself that my kids are just that...Kids!
Lady I don't know who you are. But you made my day. No...you made my week! So I am holding onto what you said to me. I am keeping it close to my heart and my medal says "She has well behaved children."