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When I was growing up in the 1960’s through the 1980’s, most families consisted of a man and a woman who were married to each other and their children. The man and woman were generally the same race and religion. There were divorces that occasionally resulted in Brady Bunch-types of blended families. It was never clear on the Brady Bunch if Mike and Carol were widowed or divorced before they got married. My own parents have been married for 65 years, have four children together, and four grandchildren. Very traditional for their generation. I think it gradually became more common through the 60’s for couples to live together and have children without being married. If I’m not stating the obvious too much, tradtional families have transmutated in ways that shock my parent’s generation while keeping heads spinning among mine.

Young stroke survivor, mother, champion equestrian, tambourine player, storyteller,

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