My Mother-in-law talks often of growing up in a large family. They lived on Blanket Bottom, an area of Arkansas that is now under Bull Shoals Lake. Life was especially hard for them during the 1920's and 30's, little work and a big family are a bad mix. But Mom rarely talks about that aspect, her memories are all good ones. Running barefoot down the dirt roads that lead to their house, gatherings at the Grandparents' when the meals were spread on long tables...she smiles as she remembers her childhood in Marion County.
Her Grandmother Jefferson used to make apple pies and stack them, one on top of the other so that there was plenty. Cooking for a large family meant peeling lots of potatoes for dinner, always thinking ahead and putting on a pot of beans first thing in the morning. I can't imagine cooking for that many every day but her Mother took it in stride and no one ever went hungry!
Grandma Rorie with 5 of her Grandchildren
Being part of a big family came with chores...the Rorie kids in the garden 1940's
It also came with perks!
Like having enough cousins to make a baseball team or a great round of