We are blessed to have a lot of good friends here where we live. It is also nice to know other larger families, it kind of makes the whole large-family-thing seem normal. It also makes for some crazy large gatherings when more than a couple of us all get together. But we're set, we've already invested in large pots and such.
I think it does cause some difficulties, though. Sometimes the sheer number of children makes it difficult for those who don't know us well to keep everyone straight. And it's not just the names of each of my children (which, I know I have made very difficult for people who know us, but don't see us regularly because you only think of them in terms of initial), but it's also keeping straight which family each child belongs to.
There is another large family at our church who also has their share of blonds. Our children are often asked, "Are you a Curry or a Klamm?" And sometimes it has even happened that a blond friend, though neither Curry nor Klamm, has been asked which of the two families she belongs to. I often think we should make a sort of flow chart to aid the general public in child identification. You know the sort, it asks questions with the answers continuing to narrow down options until you arrive at the answer. We could hand it out and it could be very helpful... or at least amusing.
But I want to show you why it can be so confusing for everyone. Here is A. and one of her very good friends who is a Klamm. When they were the same height and both wearing glasses, they looked even more alike. For people who only see them occasionally, it's tricky.
And the voting continues...