When I first talk about my family, usually I talk about my husband and my kids. We are each others’ first and only spouse and we have our two daughters and a cat. We are almost straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting (well, I guess we would need a dog). However, looks can be deceiving. Once I start talking about my Whole Family, thing get complicated quickly. So much so that my siblings and I have brought parties to a screeching halt while people try and figure out how the hell we are all related.
My siblings and I frequently joke that we need a flow chart. I have actually tried to draw one a bunch of times but I start inventing family terms that haven’t been created and run out of paper. I am an only child. Or I was. On my Mom’s side of the family I am 1 of 3 kids and on my Dad’s side of the family I am 1 of 4 kids. So now technically, I am 1 of 6 siblings. This doesn’t count ex-step siblings or pre-step-siblings that became ex-pre-step-siblings (haven;t seen them in 2 decades, do they don’t really count).
So after much work, I present the Cross Functional Family Flow Chart. Siblings feel free to print and laminate before our next party or very extended family event.
*Remember when I said to be patient because I have no idea what I am doing? I can’t for the life of me figure out how to make this big enough that you can read it – but I can link to a .pdf (see below).