I came across this video on Fr Boyles blog Caritas in Veritate.
It rang some bells at the beginning because I recognised the family name, but as I watched I realised I know this family, at least some of them, in a 'friends of friends' kind of way. I'd heard about the triple bunk beds and was curious about them so I was pleased to see them in this video. I can't imagine changing the sheets in the top bunk is much fun, or maybe it is.
I've met the mother a few times, and honestly, she's luminously beautiful and serene. Not at all the down trodden, harrassed beast of burden that, as a teenager, I was warned childbearing would turn me into.
It's a lovely little series of snapshots of life in a very large family.
You won't see this kind of thing in the dreary mainstream media which prefers to caricature large families as being those of feckless, benefit cheat parents spawning feral, lawless children. Nor will you see it in building society ads where the marketing mans presentation of the successful, happy family rarely strays further outside the prescribed mother, father, daughter, son combo. A stylish, handsome and smiling foursome, usually engaged in some outdoor pursuit, cycling, picnicking or running hand in hand. *yawn*.
If you're bored of these one dimensional cartoons, here's a real family to make you smile, enjoy!