Monday, December 28, 2009

Running out of room

The publisher of my grandmother Edith Wilson Fulford's bible apparently didn't expect she would have such a large family. They only printed room for five children. That itself is unusual because most of the families in the late 1800s and early 1900s had about double that number.

They may not have all lived to adulthood, but most of the families had twice as many children as my parents and four times as many as my wife and I.

In the case of my grandmother she had to write the names and facts about her last two children in the margins of the page. With all the use the bible got from my grandmother, my uncle Gary has just about gotten worn out. Some might say that was fitting. Gary was born sixty years ago today!

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