Love lessons from being part of a big family. 


“Let’s be flexible while being deeply rooted.”- Henri Nowen 


1. Share well with others or else. All 7 of us have experienced the “or else”

2.  Choose wisely before you dip into the black hole of “or else”

3. What was said and discussed at the kitchen table stayed at the kitchen table.

4. Sibling “banter” build character and a strong left jab.

5. Once you left the confines of 1721, it was  game on if anyone messed with us.

6. Delayed gratification..if asked “Do you want a ride To the swimming pool or  Picked up after?” ALWAYS choose after. Thank you Phyllis Dengler for the rides.

7. 9 people, 1 bathroom…get in get out! No dawdling.

8. No one had to entertain us, that is what our imagination was for.

9. Be kind.

10. Respect your elders.

11.The older kids cared for the younger ones.

12. Grandma’s were magical.

13.Never get caught going barefoot by Dad…those damn “rusty nails”

14. No one spent too much time at your “pity party”..snap out of it!

15. Parents that loved, disciplined and showed us by example how to live.

16. When there is a call out for anything…we are there for one another.

17. A quick wit and wicked sense of humor is essential.

18. The Trifecta to Success …book smarts, common sense and street smarts.

19.Playing  and laughter leads to good health.

20. Love is the golden nugget.

Thank you Dad, Mom, Rita, Mary Anne, Tony, Phil, Joe and Lorrie! All so different but somehow we landed in this life with one another, I’d have it no other way.








2 comments on “Love lessons from being part of a big family. ”

  1. Love this 🙂 Would we possibly be able to feature it on Kindness Blog and link back to you? No problems if not 🙂

    Best, Mike.

  2. Wonderful share.. Big smiles as I was the eldest of 5 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: