Gwen has 11 kids and 35 grandkids
IF YOU chat with Hervey Bay’s Gwen Watt and start talking about your children don’t be surprised if she mentions that she has a child or a grandchild with the same name.
Although she is just passed the 50 mark Gwen boasts an amazing family.
She had her first child when she was just 16 and kept on having children until calling it quits at number 11.
The breeding gene was certainly passed on to those children because they have now produced 35 children between them.
Bringing up the tail is the birth the other day of Gwen’s first great-grandchild, Hayden.
In simple terms she tallies up 11 children, 35 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
For someone who constantly forgets even his brother’s and sister’s birthdays I had to ask just how she could remember everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.
“Let’s just say I have a detailed calendar that I look at every day,” Gwen laughed.
Obviously Christmas is a huge occasion for Gwen and husband Richard and they are presently gearing up for another one.
“Last year we had people everywhere. It was bedlam, but it was great fun,” she said.
While life is good for Gwen now there have been black periods during her life.
Married pregnant at just 16 to a teenage husband wasn’t the best way to step off as a parent.
It got worse for her when her husband started to physically and mentally abuse her.
“I don’t look back on it now but at least it made me a stronger person.”
Gwen married Richard in 1997 and finally found the happiness that her father had promised was waiting around the corner for her.
“My father was brought up as an orphan in Dr Barnardo Homes in England and came here when just 15 to work on a farm,” she said.
“He was a wonderful, caring man and he taught me to always look for love in life and to appreciate the simple things.
“Now it’s those simple things that I teach my children and their children. To cook, to sew, to garden, to iron and even to mow the yard.
“Above all I have taught them the gift of loving and caring for others.”