There used to be many more of us. When the kiddos were little there were about 16 gathering for family events. Now the kids are grown and gone. It's sad, but that's what kids do. They grow up and often they leave. That's the point for parents--grow them up and send them out.
It doesn't stop those of us who are left behind from feeling nostalgic about "the good old days". But the 7 of us still had a good time yesterday.
Thanks go to Norman Rockwell for the inspiration for this image.