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Friday, January 15, 2016

I was born at a time when large families were the norm. Donald MacIntosh's large family was what kept us alive and well in the infamous 'Dirty Thirties'. Now, a man could not afford a family of six! When I told people that I came from a family of 13 they reacted with shock and even indignation. "That man should be shot!" was one remark. My poor, loving, hard-working Puppa should be shot because he gave me  the gift of life? Because, as number 12 in this day and age, I never would have been allowed to see the light of day.

And another said "Didn't they have any condoms in those days?"  No, they didn't, as a matter of fact. Back in the 1800s legislation was passed prohibiting the sale of birth control. It was, according the the government, obscene and tended to corrupt morals. So, it was not my parents fault that they had so many children. It was the governments! There's one for the annals of history!

But we didn't know we were poor. We had all we needed on the farm. I grew up part of 6 girls and 7 boys, healthy and happy, strong, capable, living a good life and not lacking a thing we needed.

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