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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No Moe

How can you know when you have enough kids? The answer to this question can only be answered by the perspective parents. With some parents, one child seems to be too much, while others get along well with a dozen.

My grandfather raised fifteen of his own children.
The Marx brothers worked in vaudeville, and many bits that they did on stage were adapted to the movie screen. One such bit was a man, wife, and six kids come into a store where Groucho was a store walker. Soon the kids were lost, and the frantic father wanted Groucho to help find them. Groucho asked the father how much money he made a year. The man said $2500.00 a year, whereupon Groucho says; it costs $500.00 a year to raise a child, so it is impossible for you to have six kids. This didn't wash very well with the mother, and based upon her insistence they soon they found all of the children!
Having a child get lost is one of the most devastating events that can happen to parents. Most parents have had their child slip away and had to look for them, this can be extremely traumatic.
My wife and I had three children in six years. For me they were an inconvenience, for my wife it was a 24/7 life style.

One evening we were attending church and after the service we exchanged pleasantries with friends and went home. When we arrived home, a head count showed that one kid was missing. The only answer we could come up with was, “He must still be at church.” Having returned to the church, we discovered the lights were out, and it was very dark inside. We were privileged to have a key to the church, and so stepping inside we found our child sound asleep; he never knew we had left him.

This episode helped us to decide that we had enough kids. If we couldn't keep track of the ones we had, we surely didn’t need any more. Well that was that, and my wife also thought, there must be more to being married than being pregnant all the time.

This was the decision and the reason that we didn't have any Moe, short for Mozart!

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