Friday, November 12, 2010

wherein I run an orphanage

How to Run an Orphanage
or pretend you're the Duggars on TLC
whichever you prefer
By Smarty Pants

First make sure you have lots of kids, any age will do. Take, for example, the 8 kids I had at my house this morning. A 10 year old, two 8 year olds, a 5 year old, a 4 year old, a 2 year old, a baby of 11 months, and a baby of 8 months.

To begin, you should agree to have your brother's kids stay over, on a school night if possible, so he & his wife can go to a nice hotel. Veterans day discount you know. Make sure you have a pack & play or other sort of crib for the baby.

Then you watch four extra kids that don't belong to you, on very short notice. Next add your own kid to the mix, and voila- an orphanage.

Honestly- I was insanely happy, and a little crazy, to have all of those kids. Why is that, do you think? I'm sure no one spiked the punch, I've not had a head injury recently, and I'm not taking any medications. I really have no logical explanation. But, I wasn't sad to see them go either- so that must prove my sanity, right?


  1. Yes, it does prove your sanity! In fact, it establishes that you are quite well-rounded in the "not-your-own-child" caretaking category of human behavior.

    I, on the other hand, was always a little unbalanced...I came down a bit too hard on the "glad to see them go" side of things.


  2. I'm with Sue. I was never a very good or happy babysitter. Oh, I did my duty, but it was definitely a duty. I kind of got a slow start with the grandkids too, but I think I'm starting to get good at it. I admire your willingness to come to the aid of the cause. (Nice hotel with the wifey on Veteran's Day). You're a good sister.
    ps: are the truffles on their way? I'm getting so excited!

  3. Does having 5 of my own count as my own personal orphanage?

    Once I took care of a family of 8 for the day but not overnight--we must draw our lines somewhere....

    You are a saint--you may wear your hero button too!