The blended family is the signature dish of contemporary society. Indeed, we must be getting close to the point where step-families are actually the norm. Perhaps in another couple of generations people will look at nuclear families like we currently look at virgin brides - a harmless anachronism.
I for one would be sad to see the nuclear family go though. And there is a degree of species shame. You’d have thought if swans could pull it off we could. Surely, it would be better for people to stick together for the duration.
What matter 50 years of bitter silence, laced with the occasional poisoning fantasy, when you’re producing social stability.
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