3 February 2010
Is this the last child?
Lana has perfected the best response.
"Yes," she replies, waiting while the questioner gives a sigh of approval or "understanding", and then completes her sentence, "But then, this is my fourth last one."
In fact, each child has been the "last" one until the next gift has come along. This is a photo of the last three last children enjoying a photo session with a local farmer at Christmas time.
Further valuable information is imparted to us when we share the size of our family with people. Apparently television has a completely undocumented, but very well known, function. In olden times TV was said to rot the brain. Nowadays it is commonly held to prevent children from arriving. "Don't you have a TV?" is the common cry.
My response has been, "I missed the big sign at the Electrical Retailer. I saw the ones telling me the screen size, pixels, brightness and price, but TV's contraceptive powers were not in the brochure."
So sometime in the next 3 to 4 weeks, we will be celebrating our victory over the child defeating power of television with the arrival of our last child. This time.