Tuesday, June 19, 2007

We're a Multi-Aunt Family

Although Alex and I have constructed probably the most traditional family life that one could possibly imagine, the rest of our family is not nearly as boring. We are rife with stepparents, stepsiblings, half-siblings, half-cousins, two-mommy households, ex-stepparents, ex-stepsiblings, adoptees...well, you get the picture.

Mostly we just keep it simple for the guys, especially since our family is far-flung and the little men don't get to see them very often. We talk about aunts and uncles and cousins and would never think of qualifying them with "step" or "half" as I have done here.

But it is still confusing for them. They know who Grandma is and who Nana is. They knew who Grandpa was. Because we were lucky enough to have my sister, her partner, and their two kids come for Christmas last year, they know who they are. Although mostly they remember Cousin I, because he's Jack's age and was a lot of fun to play with.

My mom—Nana—who is visiting, was suggesting to Sam today that he could visit my stepbrother and his family when my stepsister is out this summer. Of course we simplified this by saying that he could visit his uncle and cousins when his Aunt S comes to visit.

Sam paused for a long time and then, equating "Aunt" with "Lady Who Visited Over Christmas," said, "Is she one of Cousin I's guys?"

All I know is that I grew up with exactly one sister and three cousins, and I am really happy to be part of an extended family big enough that Sam can hear the word aunt and not know who it refers to.

1 comment:

  1. My mom and sister were pregnant at the same time. I have a nephew and a brother that are 6 months apart.


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