Originally Posted by Country Woman
I came from a large family as well
My birth father came from a family seven siblings and I come
From a family of 8 I have 3 brothers and 4 sisters 1 sister
Passed away and the oldest sister we can't find
I was raised in a large family my mom had 10 siblings and my dad had
6 siblings sadly most of them lived in the Nethertlands
Many summers we had my aunts and uncles on both sides come for a visit
So, the Waltons were true?
There were big families of six children living in the same street as me when I was a kid. Basically everyone had an open house, kids spent more time in other houses than their own.
Biggest family I ever knew were the Coleman's, a partial family that came over from Ireland. There were thirteen children, 12 boys, and the thirteenth a girl. Philomena. Not all came over as most were already married. Phil was a year younger than me, not very tall but as wide as she was high and SOLID.
Our school had a very good (field) hockey team. I was useless at sport, never could run, but I was great in goal. Back then goalies only wore shin pads, no face masks or padded gloves)
We had a needle match with a private school for top of the league, but several of the team were ill with flu. Phil offered to play and said she had played before as full back. As there is no full back in hockey we never gave it a thought and she was put in the back position.
They bullied off and the private school won the bully and came haring down towards me. I had her covered, next thing I was coming around as they carried me to the first aid room. My head was pounding and I had a cut across my eyebrow.
Phil had never played hockey but the Irish game of Hurley, which is basically hockey with no rules. As the forward hit for goal Phil came in front of me, lifted her stick as if she were playing golf and hit me in the face before sending the ball the length of the pitch!
I went home after the match (which we lost) with a real shiner.
Can you imagine now, a child being knocked out cold with a cut eyebrow being allowed to continue playing?