9 Realities of Having a Big Family

If you can't count your aunts and uncles on one hand you will identify with these truths

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Maria Miller, Flightline Editor-in-Chief

,Most families are peculiar in some way shape or form, however, families with a large population have a very specific way about them. The dynamics might seem strange to those outside of these exponential family units, to those in them they couldn’t feel more mundane. 

1. You don’t know all of your cousins

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You’ve probably become friends with someone only to realize months later that you’re third cousins on your mother’s side. People that can list of their cousins in seconds are baffling.


2. There’s always drama

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The older you get the more you get let in on it, but there’s always the hot gossip on who forgot to write who a thank you card for the wedding present from six months ago.


3. Major holidays are never lowkey

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Christmas parties are not quite events placing presents around a tree; they are massive celebrations with some complex system of exchanging gifts to ensure that you don’t have to buy 75+ presents. More often than not you have to rent a venue.


4. You’ll always be compared to some relative

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Odds are it’s your sibling, however, once in awhile a teacher remarks on how your third cousin Dave’s rendezvous structure was twice the size of yours.

5. There are cliques

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Usually, these evolve around older generations, but we all know who hangs out with who outside of Easter brunch. It’s like high school with similar DNA sequences.


6. Genealogy projects are a big ordeal

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Nothing is more intimidating than a teacher assigning a family history project. Where does the family tree stop?? This is a forest!


7. At family events, you introduce yourself with your parents’ names

It just makes everything simpler if you start the conversation with “Hello I’m Anne’s daughter” instead of both you trying to figure out the history on your own.


8. The generations can get a little confusing

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Children seem to come in waves, the age gap between first cousins often reaches upwards of 30 years.

9. You wouldn’t have it any other way

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It’s your family, and you love it exactly the way it is.

Maria Miller - Flightline Editor-in-Chief

Maria became a member of The Flightline in January of 2016. She is a senior this year involved in slam poetry at Skutt Catholic and spends time with her beloved mule, Shoelace, outside of school. You can email her at [email protected]