Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's Complicated

An officemate shared with us this interesting scenario:

(Note: Names used here are a figment of the author’s imagination. Any similarity to actual names of people, living or dead, is purely a coincidence).

Peter’s son, Matt, by his legal wife, Marge, falls for the sister, Eleanor, of his common-law wife, Gigi. By some cosmic intervention, Matt and Eleanor, fall in love. And despite all odds, get married and start a family of their own.

Here are a few questions:

1. How does Eleanor address Peter, who is Matt’s father and her sister’s common-law husband?
2. How does Matt address Gigi, his father’s common-law wife and his wife’s sister?
3. How does Eleanor address Gigi’s children who are also Matt’s siblings?
4. How does Eleanor’s children address Gigi who is their Granpa Peter’s common-law wife and their mom’s sister?
5. How does Eleanor’s address Grandpa Peter and Aunt Gigi’s children?

And if that doesn’t muddle the concept of a family tree with the invention of new concepts such as Lola-Tita, Tita-Sis and Tito-Cous, imagine the torment that the children of this complicated relationship will go through when they will be asked to present in their elementary class their genealogy.

photocredits: The Juggler originally uploaded by sumrow @ flickr.com

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