- aSo Chris, I've heard that you're from a big family. How many people?
- bNine total. Seven children and my parents.
- aSeven children? That's a lot. Why did your parents have so many?
- bWell, my mother came from a big family, and wanted to have one of her own. My father was an only child, and didn't really care about having a large family, but my mother talked him into it.
- aJeez, seven children. That must have a lot of problems. We have four children in my family and my grandparents can never get our names right.
- bIt can be hard, and there are certain sacrifices you have to make.
- aLike what? I assume that there's no privacy.
- bThat's one. Another is the lack of personal property. Everything you have, from toys to clothes, is used by your brothers and sisters. Especially clothes. Three quarters of my wardrobe are hand-me-downs.
- aAnd the age gap is also annoying. There's a ten-year difference between my younger brother and me. We have nothing in common.
- bSame problem here. There's an 18-year gap between the oldest and youngest child in my family. The last child was born just as the oldest was going to college.