Like Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, I have many children. Actually, that’s how it is

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin just announced the upcoming birth of their seventh child. And while I don’t pretend to have any insight into their family dynamics, I couldn’t help but wish them well. I understand that children are a great blessing, and those who have the means to raise a large brood have the right to do so.

When my husband and I married in 1977, I had just turned 20 years old. After we both babysat extensively and essentially raised my two younger sisters, I found myself quite overwhelmed with raising children. When the Catholic priest mentioned that during the ceremony he would ask us if we would “welcome children cheerfully,” I told him to please delete that line. I had no intention of procreating, then or ever. My childhood household was a chaotic mess run by two well-meaning but overwhelmed parents. Did I want to continue my life in a place where children throw hairbrushes at each other and sister pulls away sister’s “borrowed” sweater? Under no circumstance! Luckily, Father Ben (who was a novice) agreed to rip those words out of the vows. Like Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, I have many children. Actually, that’s how it is

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