This past Wednesday, my 15 minutes of fame was kind of fun. As Msn featured “A Father of Nine Blogs about Death & Peace”, the visits on my “stats” took off like a Geiger counter in a nuclear melt down. It feels funny, though, to be described as “A father of nine.” I merely think of myself as a father of some really wonderful children… and there happens to be nine of them.
A large family is a lot of work and very expensive. My Beautiful Wife and I aren’t pushing for anyone else to do the same, but it has worked for us.
When our 9th baby was born, 6 years ago, a fellow I worked with asked why I would have so many children. “Do you consider the impact all those children will have on our world?” he asked. I have carefully considered it, and I am pleased to say that so far, without exception, the impact has been very positive. The world is a better place because of my nine children. Each one has a brilliant mind (more brilliant than mine). And the contributions each one makes in the part of the world they live leaves it a better place. Perhaps some of them will even take on some of the major world problems, discover an inexpensive and renewable type of energy, or develop an innovative cure for disease, or find solution to world conflict.
I was once involved in a business discussion, where the owner of the national company which I worked for defended a business decision which hurt us financially and helped his competing nephew.
“Blood is thicker than money.”
His statement negated all other arguments and ended the discussion. I have thought about that statement many times since. Family relationships certainly are more important than any financial consideration.
I’ll always remember a local news story of a fellow who, while exploring an old abandoned mine shaft, fell out of sight and sound of his companions and to his likely death. The full resources of Search and Rescue were put to use for almost a week in trying to find him and retrieve the body. Finally, they announced that the mine shaft was too deep, too unstable, the hazards to daunting. And so the rescue was called off and talk of sealing the mine shaft ended the news report. The next morning, a surprise announcement was broadcast all over the news. “The young man’s body had been retrieved from the mine shaft.” With search and rescue out of the way, secretly during the night, the family went into the mine shaft and brought the victim out. When questioned by the news media, “Do you resent the Search and Rescue, with all their equipment and training for not being able to do what you have succeeded in accomplishing?” The answer sounded a lot like my old boss’ response to the business deal.
The reply was, “No, you are willing to do for your own family what you wouldn’t expect others to do.”
That’s how this “father of nine” feels. Sometimes our time and money are s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d, and occasionally we are viewed as a little odd for having such a large family, but the credit card commercial says it all. “Some things money can’t buy.”