We fought frequently. When you have that many people crammed into a house, arguments are inevitable. We slept with 34 kids per bedroom. I remember sleeping in the Grandma skull hippie tough enough to be a mom and grandma crazy enough to rock them both shirt In addition,I will do this same bed with two siblings when I was very young. It was great. When you have single-pane windows with frost on the inside, sleeping between two warm bodies is a luxury. On the other hand, fighting over limited resources was a frequent occurrence. One nice thing about having a large family was always having someone to play games with. With just our own family, we easily could play basketball, tag, other outdoor games, Monopoly, and other board games. And there was always someone old enough to drive so that we could get to school without the bus, get to band/sports practice, and other school events. Both of our parents had jobs outside the home. My father worked in a factory and worked the farm, of course, he had lots of free labor in me and my siblings. My mother worked several jobs – seasonal jobs, factory work, wedding cook, etc. So, in many ways, my older siblings raised me. Two of my sisters eventually became school teachers. They served as my surrogate mother – helping with homework, etc. You learn from older siblings. I always wondered how an only child learned the ropes in many areas of life. As a large family grows they tend to spread out. We now have 99 living members of our family including 12 of the original 17 siblings, their children, spouses, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. As you grow apart and grow older, you start to lose touch with each other. Fortunately in this day of social media, email, texting, etc., we still stay in touch even though we are far apart. People get older. People die. We see each other less often and often it is at a major family reunion, a marriage, or a funeral. I get questions from people who hear I am from a big family like – do you know everyones name, birth date, etc.? Of course I know all of my siblings birthdays. Admittedly, it gets difficult to keep all of the names straight when it comes to great-nieces and nephews – especially those who I may not see for five years or more. One thing that helps keep us together and connected is our family calendar. We are on the 29th edition of a self-produced calendar that features a picture page each month for each family.