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  •  I'm up Friday (6+ / 0-)

    ... with a story from a similar motive. Different kind of story, mind you, but still a distant cousin. The question asked was why is this young adult with his mother's relations in a different state? The story that turned up was a doozie.

    A few things have emerged for me. For one thing, people living alone were indeed much rarer in previous centuries/generations. For another, there was a lot of "blended" families back then, too. Various relations clustered together &c. The one difference is that more parents were lost to death than divorce, but still lots of stepchildren.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:11:18 AM PST

    •  Looking forward to it! (6+ / 0-)

      I've seen, in my own family, a lot of people who moved in with siblings, etc., when their spouse died. In one case, my great-grandmother's sister moved in to take care of her kids while my great-grandfather paid them little mind. Another great-grandmother moved in with her sister, brother, another sister's widower, and their assorted kids upon the death of her husband.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:25:33 PM PST

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