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Who Gets the Drumstick?: The Story of the Beardsley Family

by Helen Beardsley

How would you like to go to your own wedding and have as observers and witnesses at the ceremony eighteen children who are already yours? Frank and Helen Beardsley did just that, and since then have gone on to have two more children. Their story--the individual tragedies that left them widow and widower, the "stranger than fiction" chain of events that brought them together, their courtship, their marriage, and above all how they and their children live, work, and play together--is here told engagingly, warmly, often movingly, and always brightly by Helen, the lovely young widow who, with her husband Frank, built a new life in a new marriage and in so doing is raising more children in her young lifetime than the average grandmother ever pats on the head. Who gets the drumstick indeed? In such a family how does the ordinary pattern of domestic life work? What is the food budget; the clothing; who gets up first? How do you remember the names of the children? What about dentist appointments? Who minds whom? Really, at the family dinner, always banquet-size, who does get the drumstick? Who Gets the Drumstick? answers all these questions--and does more. It gives us a glimpse of a warm, decent family who through the strength and guidance of the parents have made life joyous where further tragedy might have resulted.

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