|Oh, dear! How I hate losing my babies! I shall have to
begin to think seriously about those quads I promised you all – how many
years ago? Six, I believe. I've had Cecil and those two since, but my
quads are still to come." |
"Joey Maynard, you have eleven children. Isn't that enough for you?"
"Jack thinks it is," Joey admitted. "He says we aren't millionaires and even though the girls don't cost us much if anything for education at present, with the triplets going all out for a university course and Steve preparing to take another in four or five years time, never to mention Charles and Mike coming along as well as the five youngest to consider, I suppose he's right. Of course, if Len wins her scholarship it will be a help and Steve, thank goodness, has won his. So we don't have to worry about his school fees for the next five years. Oh well! Time enough to worry about the small fry in ten years time."
|“How right you are! I see I shall have to consider those
quads I threatened you all with – how long ago, now? – nine years, isn’t
it? Yes; nine years it is. The twins weren’t a year old and they’ll be
nine in September. I shouldn’t mind now that Phil is practically on her
feet again. I miss having a baby.” |
“Aren’t eleven enough for you? Families of that size come expensive these days.”
“It’s not so bad as it sounds. The triplets and Steve have their own money that Grannie Maynard left them. The triplets come into theirs this November. Steve has his scholarship which covers his fees until he leaves school, when he’ll come into his share of the legacy. That’s four of them more or less provided for. It’s education that costs so much during the early years and the girls have cost us nothing there apart from extras like music and so on. However, four all at once might be rather much. Anyhow, I can’t just arrange it to suit myself.”
“Joey, does this mean that you are really adding to your family?”
“Wait and see,” Joey said aggravatingly.
|Alison H wrote:|
|(Joey & Jack seem to plan their family very carefully
given that family planning would presumably've been at odds with their
religious beliefs, but maybe they just used the "natural" method and never
got caught out.) |
|When did the birth control pill become available in the UK or Europe? The first hit the market in the US in the 1960s, but weren't easily available and wasn't as reliable as the modern version and had stronger side effects. What other methods (aside from natural) would have been available?|
|However, four all at once might be rather much. Anyhow, I can’t just arrange it to suit myself.”|
|Maybe Anna's 'special vegetable' recipes were occasionally for things other than dyes|
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