Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Thoughts On The Family Structure

Looking at the various blogs and posts about the holiday just past (and I absolutely refuse to use the term "birthing person" no matter how hard the liberals try to change our vocabulary--but that's another column), it's apparent that the days of the "nuclear family" are changing.

I grew up in an era that, sort of like "Father Knows Best," featured a mother, father, and two or three children. But second marriages, although unheard of or spoken about in hushed tones in earlier days, have now become common. They may be, as is my own case, because of the death of a spouse and remarriage of the survivor. It may be that two people, having taken the wedding vows, have discovered that they were wrong, then or now, and chose to dissolve them...some for very good reasons. But however it comes about, the family unit, more often than not, now includes two or more fathers and/or mothers, and the offspring of two or more unions. Which makes for a complex (and at times insoluble) problem when it comes to who spends what holiday with whom.

Things change, whether we want them to or not. I don't have the answer, and I suspect that none of the readers of this blog do, either. But when we approach the situation with understanding, we're one step closer. 

How about you? 


5 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

I will never use the phrase birthing person! That would be too funny if it weren't so sad. I think when we stopped eating dinner (supper), which was really a coming together every day, the disintegration of the family began.

And as the family goes, so goes the nation...good post!

Richard Mabry said...

You're right--just the other day I flashed on the dinner scene (repeated regularly) on Blue Bloods.

Priscilla Bettis said...

"Birthing person," that's a new one for me. If I had called my mother a birthing person, I think I would have gotten a spanking!

Richard Mabry said...

...and deserved it.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Haha, yup.:-)