Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fifteen Kids

A woman walks into the a benefits (welfare) office, trailed by 15 kids...

'WOW,' the social worker exclaims, 'Are they ALL yours?

'Yeah they are all mine,' the flustered mother sighs, having heard that question a thousand times before.

She says, 'Sit down Terry.' All the children rush to find seats.

'Well,' says the social worker, 'then you must be here to sign up. I'll need all your children's names.'

'This one's my oldest - he is Terry.'

'OK, and who's next?'

'Well, this one he is Terry, also.'

The social worker raises an eyebrow but continues. One by one, through the oldest four, all boys, all named Terry. Then she is introduced to the eldest girl, named Terri.

'All right,' says the case worker. 'I'm seeing a pattern here. Are they ALL named Terri?'

Their Mother replied, 'Well, yes - it makes it easier. When it is time to get them out of bed and ready for school, I yell, 'Terry!' An' when it's time for dinner, I just yell 'Terry!' an' they all come runnin.' An' if I need to stop the kid who's running into the street, I just yell 'Terry' and all of them stop. It's the smartest idea I ever had, namin' them all Terry.'

The social worker thinks this over for a bit, then wrinkles her forehead and says tentatively, 'But what if you just want ONE kid to come, and not the whole bunch?'

'I call them by their surnames!'

Hat tip: Babs of Beetle's Memories & Ramblings


  1. You know what? I personally know a man who has 18 kids! And he wasn't a dead-beat Dad. He was active and involved in their raising and was financially responsible. His kids are mostly all grown and responsible adults. I think the youngest may still be 16-18 years old. Between the kids they have 8 or 9 mothers. I forget how many exactly. But still.

    Have yourself a YAYful day hon! Big hugs xoxo

  2. A very smart lady LOL

    have a brilliant day :-)

  3. I think that is brilliant for them to all have the same name. Sure must make things easier. Thanks for the great laugh this morning. Needed that.

  4. another knee slapper, i laughed out loud at this one honey...

    hugs, bee

  5. Brilliant idea!

    Have yourself a wonderful day. Big hugs, honey...

  6. Had to think about it a bit. But now i get it.

  7. LOL! I did wonder about the surnames!:)

  8. Yeah good idea, especially having that many kids.

    But I'm sure the tax payers don't like paying for them all, when they are not taken care of. As Barb mentioned her friend did/does take care of his 18, but I just wonder if he knows how that happens, bwahahahahahaha!!! :)

    Have an awesome day Sandee ((HUGS))

  9. It's going to take awhile to clean the coffee I spewed all over my monitor when I read this. That was unexpected. I almost feel guilty for laughing so hard.

  10. I won't even speculate on the surnames---I would get into trouble!

  11. Pretty good idea she has. :) The only thing better would have been to have had fewer kids.

  12. Hahaha! It's funny and sad at the same time.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Sandee!
    Hugs from Ohio,

  13. wahahahaha!!!very smart lady!

  14. Guess she was a pretty busy woman!

  15. smart woman...remembers 15 surnames!

  16. Wow that is a lot kids and a lot surnames to remember! In the UK the welfare would make her a rich woman!


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