Friday, 1 February 2008

A Very Special Man

Yesterday I was talking to a baker who provides the bread and other goodies at our Farmer’s Market. It turns out he’s been married to the same woman for nearly forty years and he has twelve children, all of whom help with the business.

What struck me was not only how in love he still is with his wife, but how close they are as a family. They never have big disagreements, which he puts down in part to not having had any TV in the house since 1990.

The kids all play together on the farm, riding, helping out (they earn their pocket money by washing the vans and helping clean trays) and every Sunday nearly all of them gather for Sunday lunch, cooked by the baker himself. There are 27 of them in total.

They’ve always worked for themselves, either running a guesthouse, a farm, a baby equipment business (from all those kids) and latterly the bakery. They mill their own flour and the whole family help with the baking, even those at school.

“We share everything,” he said “The family is our life. What could be better than working with those you love?”

When the conversation was over I felt privileged and humbled. What an incredible man. And what an amazing family.

18 comments:

Daniele said...

OMG. That's amazing. What a great family. You really really need to get along though, I mean 27 people! They must have done something special raising these kids. Great man indeed.

Flowerpot said...

Daniele - lovely to see you again! Yes, I quite agree...

The Rotten Correspondent said...

You know, that actually brought tears to my eyes. What else in the world could they possibly want or need?

Akelamalu said...

A truly amazing family! So nice to hear about these days.

Ellee Seymour said...

So very true, and wonderful to know how much it is valued still.

Philipa said...

Yup, my cousin is much the same, 7 children and 27 for dinner. they are the most loving family and I am proud to know them and pleased and proud to be loved by them.

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

I suspect that the therapeutic action of kneading bread every day may have an impact too!

Flowerpot said...

rc - I felt exactly the same way.

Flowerpot said...

Ak - yes, very rare indeed, and heartwarming.

ellee - yes, I thought those kind of values had gone.

Flowerpot said...

Philipa - lucky you!

Graham - yes, i hadn't thought of that very obvious asset!

MarmiteToasty said...

He/they must feel they are in heaven.... what a precious story...

I would of loved 8 or 9 kids....sigh..

x

MarmiteToasty said...

ps....... me brother (that I rarely see) is married to the youngest of a family of 10 kids lol..... they, me brother and his wife have just the one kid themselves LOL

x

debio said...

I admire large families as their capacity to give to one another seems limitless.

Pop over to mine to receive an accolade.....

Flowerpot said...

marmite - glad you enjoyed it! Mind you, 8 or 9's quite a lot!

Flowerpot said...

marmite - you don't often hear of ten kids either these days do you?

debio - yes I agree. Thanks for the accolade - will pop over ad have a look!

Akelamalu said...

You have an award honey, please call and collect. x

Lane said...

What an incredible family and so unsual today.
Lovely!

Flowerpot said...

Ak - goodness, many thanks!

Lane - Glad you enjoyed it. I did too.