Many of us Baby Boomers exist in a world where the stoic, fundamental structure of our family has morphed from the TV families of the 50's like the Cleavers (Leave It To Beaver) or the Mitchells (Dennis The Menace) into something less centralized, more complex, complicated and confusing yet a thousand times more satisfying.
I have heard it referred to as the Bi-Nuclear family.
In my case I think it I would call us an "Enhanced Nuclear Family."
Us Baby Boomers live in a world of divorced and estranged parents and have been involved in multiple marriages ourselves.
At least I have.
I'm twice divorced and now in my third major league relationship.
Our "family" now includes children from several sets of biological parents, relationships with the adults who have formed new partnerships, the adult children of these marriages who have multiple family extensions as well as grandchildren of constantly extending family trees.
Complicated and confusing?
Hell, yes !!!
Friday night, my girlfriend Darla (someone needs to come up with a better name for partners in a relationship at our age...."lady friend", "liaison", "amour", "companion", "consort"....none of these sound right) had three of her grandchildren, Julianne, Mark and Audrey over to our house to spend the night.
The two girls belong to Darla's son Josh and Marc belongs to Darla's daughter Amber.
At the same time, my daughter, Nykee and her husband Antti wanted to celebrate their anniversary by going out for the evening so we also watched my two granddaughters Leila and Annabell as well.
5 kids ranging from 1 to 12 years old together at Grandpa and Grandma's house on a Friday night.
A recipe for disaster wouldn't you think?
Not a chance.
They are all vibrant, creative and energetic kids and we spent the evening "hanging out" having dinner, watching movies, doing crafts and just horsing around.
Just like a nuclear family.
That's right, "Butterfly World."
We had been to one in Key West last year and instantly fell in love with the concept.
Believe it or not the kids loved it too.
Afterwards we went to lunch and even snuck in a quick trip to a Goodwill store.
After dropping the grandkids off at their homes, we raced home ourselves to freshen up and head down to the opening game of the season for the Arizona Rattlers.
Darla's oldest granddaughter, Marissa and her boyfriend Mickey met us at the game.
As an added bonus our friends and neighbors from across the street, Tom and Judy were at the game as well so we all got to sit together.
And..........wait for it..........................as an even added added bonus the Rattlers came from behind in overtime to win the game.
Game, set, point................ a perfect day with some of our enhanced nuclear family.
Hey, I'm not a member of the Ozzie and Harriet Nelson family or the Cleavers, Stones, Andersons or even the Cosby's but I guarantee you I had more fun this weekend than they ever did.
I love being a member of an "Enhanced Nuclear Family".
I guess there is just more flavor and character in a blended household.
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The more Baby Boomers we can help the better place we make this world !!!
Thanks for joining me..........................................................