I copied and pasted Kimberly’s entry out of my email so it totally screwed up the post and I can’t edit it anymore. So I’m starting a new post with today’s submissions. For the rules on the contest and yesterday’s round please visit this post. Here is where we left off…
Elle: My cousin was married at age 17. It was legal even without parental consent because she married into a Native American tribe. That husband fathered two of her 9 children. Yes, 9. This cousin is 33 years old and has given birth to 9 children. That is an average of 1 child every 1.7 years. None of them are multiples. 2 have 1 dad, 2 have a different dad and we aren?t sure how many fathers the others have. How many does she have in her custody? 1. She has given up every single one of them for adoption before the state could take them away. (In WA if the state takes away a child due to drug abuse they will also remove any subsequent children) Every time she gives birth (children 5-9) she has told my grandmother that she has ?been fixed.?
I will admit that I had to think long and hard to try to beat this next one. I have a few Trump cards that I can’t pull publicly, but I have a few more stories up my sleeve.
Another trip my parents sneaked us out of the house, um trailer, one night to a hotel because they were afraid that my manic depressive aunt was going to stab us all to death (presumably due to jealousy that my mom – her sister – had a husband and three kids – and she had none). (The aunt got messed up sometime in the 50s after undergoing electric shock treatments for depression and drinking.)
My grandparents had (at one point) 23 grandchildren from 7 children. They now have 19 grandchildren because of divorce/breakups. Those 19 grandchildren have produced 21 great-grandchildren and one of those is both a grandchild and great-grandchild. Of those 19 grandchildren (that are actually direct family members and not married into the family) only 4 were born while the parents were married. 1 (lil’ bro) was conceived pre-marital and born after the wedding.
This is starting to get difficult.? I was going to have to go with my friend from the north’s dad married the babysitter, but this one is better.
Hey my dad got married and didn?t tell me too! ?and he only lives 5 blocks away.? ?and I was with him that morning!
The cousin with 9 children has given all but 1 up for adoption.? (I mentioned that)? But another cousin adopted one of cousin with 9 children’s daughters.? Cousin with 9 children relinquished the child at birth and the child went into foster care.? Adoptive cousin took the baby when she was 2 months old. I’m not 100% sure if they are telling the little girl she is adopted.? Either way my Uncle’s 50th birthday party was last spring and adoptive cousin was there with her kids.? Cousin with 9 kids showed up unexpectedly after a prolonged absence from family activities to find adoptive cousin and the baby (who is now 4) there.? Ak-ward.
I’m having a hard time beating some of the latest entries.? A. Lurker is currently the favorite and that is because all of the events happened with one person.? I usually triumph in this contest because all of my stories happen with one set of grandparents, 7 of their children, 9 spouses/significant others, 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.? This does not include any great grandparents and nor do we live in the south.
I’m not going to put the text of A. Lurker’s entry, but it can be found below in the comments.? This is what I have.
My dad’s met a woman in a bar.? He dated her for a while and then ended up moving in with her.? We thought dad was settling down after his previous nomadic existence.? Turns out the woman was pregnant.? Conservative grandmother made dad marry the woman (even though grandmother didn’t like that the woman came from a Catholic family).? Woman had 3 sons from a previous marriage.? On the morning of the wedding grandmother thought it disrespectful that woman was showing in the pregnancy and hid a girdle in a bag to make things a little more discreet.? Woman seemed fairly normal until one day we found out that the oldest of her sons was fathered by a different man and the man son knew as his father didn’t know.? Then woman gives birth to my second brother (baby bro) 18 months after giving birth to lil’ bro.? Woman wants to do fun family activities, but needs someone to watch her antique shop so she sticks me in the shop (I was 14) for the whole day while the family does fun things.? Eventually dad wises up when woman starts skimming money from dad’s construction business.? Dad leaves.? Dad finds out that woman is committing unemployment fraud and threatens to report her.? She claims she’s stopped.? We find out that woman has been diagnosed and institutionalized (prior to dad marrying her) for multiple personality syndrome.? Dad and woman divorce, boys go with woman.? Woman calls dad and says she can’t handle the boys.? Boy go to live with dad.? Woman calls, wants boys back.? Woman meets man on the internet.? Woman gets pregnant with internet man’s baby (boy #6, father #4).? Brothers become babysitters.? Woman calls dad and says she can’t handle the boys.? Dad gets boys and sues for custody.? Lil’ bro continues to go back and forth beteween woman and dad, because dad is strict.? LIl’ bro ends up getting nicked for posession and suspended from school.