I’m adding “Are they all yours?” to my Annoying Things People Say list. I’m actually quite surprised it wasn’t on there. It is something I’m asked quite often, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through a grocery shopping trip with the kids at Walmart without someone asking me. So the other day in mental preparation for the trip I posted on Facebook, “Headed to Walmart today. Where is my, “Yes, they are all mine” T-Shirt?”
And so we went in the store, ran around like crazy trying to find everything on the list,
had our own “The people of Walmart” moments,
and then sat down in the McDonald’s to eat a quick lunch and take advantage of the Monopoly game. That’s when I realized that no one had asked the question. No one. Wow. As we stood up to throw away the remains of our lunch, I thought, “Am I really going to make it out of Walmart without one person asking me if they are all mine?” One split second after that thought went through my mind, as we were leaving the McDonalds the woman sitting at the table nearest the door asked, “They all yours?” I burst out laughing. “Yes! Ha ha ha! They are!” and I laughed all the way to the van. Could it have been more perfect?
Beader Bubbe says
LOL I remember those days. You see, I had 5 (within 7 years) and like you took them all over with me. So I see they are still asking the same question (my kids are all in their 30s now)…One day I actually told someone we had so many because we don’t own a TV…haha Just enjoy them as they grow up too fast. But then, like us, you will get lots of grandkids (we have 8)
Val Young says
Cute post today
Once again, humanity comes through so as not to disappoint, lol! I only had two kids so was never asked that question.
However I got asked the “are the twins” question which never ceased to surprise me since they are four years apart.
I must be fortunate where I live…I have never had so much as a dirty look with my five kids. However, large families seem to be fairly common here. I regularly see 4-7 kids and once in awhile more at WalMart. However, I think it’s because it is the nearest WalMart and we live out in the country. Maybe there are more large families in the country?
Ha!!! Priceless. 😉 Whenever my friend and I are out and about together with all of our kids, we get “are they ALL related?!”….all 5 kids are blonde and blue-eyed, and could seriously be siblings. I don’t get the fun of saying “yes”….but maybe one day I will, just for sport!! (I, too, get the “are they twins?” about my own 2, but they are 18 months apart and super-close in size…)
Loved the pics!! Since becoming a mother no I havent had that question asked but I have one (two in 5 weeks) BUT when I worked day care while in public that was a different matter. The funny thing is there was usually 4-6 children all different races ranging from 4-18 months….and people would still ask me that question. My co-worker would laugh and say, “What do they think, I’m your mother?” We had quite a few laughs over some inappropriate looks and comments I got.
Have a great Tuesday
Ha, love it! I’ve only got three, but since they’re 4, 2, and 1, I get that question a LOT. And then there’s the assumption that we’re “done” now. :::Sigh:::
D. Jennings says
I had 3 in 4 1/2 years. The first were a year and ten days apart. I got asked if they were twins, a lot! I was only 21 when I had my last one. Now my oldest daughter has 8 children, 4 by birth and 4 by marriage. Her and her husband get that a lot! She is blond and fair, he is dark headed and completed. Hers look like her and his look like him. They both have 2 girls, a d 2 boys each.
I don’t get that question often at Walmart since there are so many big families around here. I get it at the doctor’s office. WHY would they even imagine that a mom would borrow someone else’s kids to take into the exam room with them?!?!
At least it took that long! LOL
I have four and my oldest two are 18 months apart and have been about the same height for awhile now. Whenever anyone would ask “Are they twins?” I would reply, “No, but they’re close!” We can usually guarantee the “Are they all yours?” every time we go out, but I love it when occasionally people will share how they grew up in a big family, and loved it!
Chris Carter says
HA!! Of course the timing was just perfect eh?? Just think if you didn’t stop you eat- you could have made it! So cute!! Love your blog!! So glad I stopped by from PYHO!!
Jackie (@notwifezilla) says
I get that some time with only 3! At least you made it through most of the trip & got to enjoy your lunch!
Rachel Bobalik Figueroa says
Haha! I remember hearing people ask my parents that often. I’m the oldest of 5. Very fun times. 🙂
we have 5 and we hear it all the time too! my husband cant stand when people say “you know what causes that” talking about the kids….he cant stand it! lol ive had people ask me if I have a nanny to help? lol now that’s laughable
When people ask me that after seeing our 5 kids…I throw the embarrassment right back at them and say with a straight face…”No I don’t. Another kid keeps showing up every few years.” Or…”Yes I do…but have you seen how hot my husband is!!!???!!” They turn bright red and leave you alone. Ha!!!
One time we went to Denny’s for hot chocolate with my brother and all his kids after driving around looking at Christmas lights. The server asked if this was a birthday party. We said no just two families- 4 adults and 15 kids. Ha!
I know exactly how you feel, and I only have 4 blessings! I have a set of twins, so not only do we get the “all they all yours” question, but we also get silly questions like “are they identical” and “you have two sets of twins!!??” My older two daughters are 3 years apart, and of our twins are a boy and girl set, so those questions are always fun too!
Oh I love it! If only people would stop and think before they speak…including me! I’m so guilty of this too. 🙂