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February 28, 2003
A modern family gathers to celebrate my son’s 28th birthday. At the table are the birthday boy and his sweetie (who organized this surprise shindig), me and my two ex-husbands (G, my son’s father, and R, his “fake father” as he was once dubbed), G’s wife, my parents (married 62 years), Sweetie’s mom and her boyfriend, my brother and his brood (second wife, two first-marriage sons, two second-marriage daughters, one soon-to-be daughter-in-law), G’s sister and her two teenagers, my son’s ex-girlfriend and a few of his close friends. My mother said: Please don’t marry again -- it’s getting too complicated.