One of the most popular questions that we get asked by strangers is, "So, you do daycare?"
The first time it happened, an older neighbor lady who we've never met was walking by our house and stopped to talk to Sam. She asked, "How is the daycare going?" To her surprise he told her that those are all of our kids. She responded, "oh, it seemed like more. I must have counted wrong." When he told me, I laughed thinking of how the neighbors think we have a daycare. However, I can see how they could think that without knowing our family.
Then the other day at the gym when I checked-in with all of my crew it happened again. I'm the only one on the membership and the kids all go into the supervised play area while I work out. (The gym is definitely losing money on my membership! :-) We had come in a few days and I could tell that the woman thought we looked suspicious. You can't miss my crew as we walk in. By the third day she had figured out a way to ask, "and these are all your kids, right?" Yep, I politely answered.
Recently we updated something on our internet and the technician had to come into our home. We paused to talk about our connection problems in the dining room. To which I realized he wasn't paying attention and instead said, "I just came here for the coffee as he pointed up."
We both smiled and I felt horrible for not offering him some but the regular brew was already cold. Then after walking through the rest of the house (and seeing two of the kids downstairs) he said, "So, you do daycare?" Again I just smiled and replied, nope. These are my kids.
I don't mind the questions and I don't get offended. People are just trying to figure out who is part of our family. We don't all look alike but family is about who you claim not about who you look like. Now that I've had lots of time to practice being asked this question my answer now might sound like, "Nope, we are blessed they are ALL ours."