Flipping through headlines on the Internet, I came across a story about Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar having their 19th baby. Since I don’t watch reality shows, I had no idea who the Duggars were, so I did a search and found out they’re on a reality show on the The Learning Channel entitled “18 Kids and Counting.”
I was mostly curious about what Jim Bob did for a living, and all I really found on the website was that he had served two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives. They live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in what I can only assume is a very large house. As I read on about the Duggars, I looked at the children and by my estimation, the Duggars started having children in 1988 and had approximately one a year, except for the year they had their twins. They usually took off about a year and half between those children. Fortunately, the oldest three have professional amtitions that will come in handy for the family as one wants to be an attorney, one wants to be a contractor, and thank goodness, one wants to be a midwife. Wonder where she got that idea.
Now, I’m not going to voice an opinion about whether people should have one child or twenty of even no children for that matter. I figure if they can afford to feed and take care of them, more power to them. It does make me wonder, though, if they keep an OB/GYN on retainer.
What I would like to know is did they discuss this matter before they were married. In sitting back and planning their future, I wonder if Jim Bob said, “Oh, Honey, let’s have a big family. You do want children, don’t you?” And in my mind, Michelle’s reply must have been, “Oh, yes, Dear, let’s have a house full.”
One comment that Michelle made really caught my eye when she said it’s very important to have date night. When in the world do these people have time for a date night? Most people have trouble scheduling around sports activities, music lessons, doctor visits and school activities. With all those kids, I would have to schedule a sleep night.
Of course, now that I know they have their own reality show on TV, I realize they can afford 19 children and probably a couple more, which according to Jim Bob they’ll continue to have as long as Michelle is able.
I still don’t think I’m going to watch “18 Kids and Counting”, which I guess they’ll change to “19 Kids and Counting.” At this point, just thinking about all those dirty clothes and dishes make me tired. Hopefully, their newest addition to the family, who was born premature, will be fine, and they’ll all live happy ever after. I think maybe they should buy themselves several acres and start their own little town. They can call it Duggar, Arkansas, and put one of those cute signs right outside that says “Population 19 and Growing.”
The Learning Channel Website