My great grandmother, Theresa Deary gave birth to thirteen children. And now, thanks to my great grandmother, I have a total of 96 second cousins. Over the years, I am fortunate to say that I have memorized the names of all of my second cousins, and for the most part, I have had conversations with all of them. There are many benefits in having such a large family, but in my opinion, the best part about my large family are the group texts. At first, this may sound odd, but please hear me out. Whenever someone in my family has a big opportunity, or is experiencing something difficult, such as surgery, cancer, a championship football game, my uncle puts together a group text with 150 people from my family. Although, I typically receive about 500 texts, the amount of support and love expressed through the texts are amazing. For example, a couple of years ago, I severely broke my foot and had to go the hospital. I am not sure how my Uncle found out about my foot, but after being in the hospital for four hours, I arrived home to a phone that had close to 750 text messages. At the beginning, I had no intention of reading all of the 750 messages, but after reading the first couple, it felt as if I had an obligation to myself to read all of the messages. The texts were as simple as, "So sorry to hear about your foot Sam :( . Lets hope for a speedy recovery!! I love you soo much!! Ant Robin" "I cant believe you broke your foot!! I am so sorry to hear, I was going to crush you in one-one (we had a big bet on this game)!! I hope you recover soon!! Love you!! Hayden (my cousin), and "The other day I mistakenly commented on a Facebook post about a death: "LOL," thinking it meant lots of love. So, LOL!! Feel better! Grandma." By the time I had read all of the texts, the pain in my foot had mysteriously disappeared, and I was suddenly in a great mood! Having such a large family can be so special!
Hi! I’m Sam Breault! I’m 15 and I attend the Fenn school.