Mind Your Own

RDP Saturday: THREE

Old English thrīe (masculine), thrīo, thrēo (feminine), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drie and German drei, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tres and Greek treis .


“So, how many children do you have, dear?” asked the older woman who shared the park bench with Rose.

“Three,” answered Rose, unsuspecting.

“THREE? What, you don’t know how to keep from getting pregnant?” The look on the woman’s face was disdainful.

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“I’d be glad to refer you to a doctor who can help you. I mean, THREE children! I just don’t understand these people today who have such big families. Have they no self-control, or concern for the environment and our shrinking resources? Frankly, I’d be embarrassed if I were you!”

Rose stood, quietly gathering her things and calling her other two children to get ready to go home. Smiling, she looked up at her critic.

“Ma’am, I’m not embarrassed at all. We love our children dearly, and we’re hoping to have at least one more. I’m sorry that you disapprove. But, frankly, I’d be embarrassed if I were you.

RDP: Three

3 thoughts on “Mind Your Own

  1. Well said! If a couple looks after their family and teaches them right from wrong so they grow up to be useful citizens, who has the right to criticize?

    This might be an extreme case, but we knew an old couple one time who’d had two children, then two years later, twin boys. Two years later they had triple boys. Five boys in diapers! (She had help during those years.)

    Five more children followed — and all twelve have grown up to be decent hard-working people who pay their taxes. Also, this family took in foster children once their own were old enough to help along with that project.

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    1. I love that, and I admire parents who can succeed with many, many children. We have four, and you’d have thought, back in the 70s, that we were doing something immoral. There does seem to be a trend back to more than the politically correct two, nowadays.

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      1. In the 70s there was this thought about how wrong it is to “overpopulate the world.” I remember couples being encouraged to have just two to only replace yourselves.
        We had neighbors with the requisite son + daughter —the perfect family, folks said— until the boy, then a teen, was killed in a car accident. So now they have only the one. If anything should happen to her…
        Man just can’t come up with a fool-proof plan.

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