It’s a major theme in my novel What’s Left, not that these are the answers there.
- Husband, wife, and kids under one roof. Often traditionally recast as a breadwinner and dependents.
- A mother and all who turn to her.
- Two romantic partners in their own place, with or without other relations nearby.
- Those connected by genetics and blood line. Say siblings or cousins.
- A shared last name. Or address.
- Those who join together as in-laws through brothers and sisters and so on.
- Grandparents and grandchildren.
- Memories, good or bad.
- Home of last resort.
In the novel, there’s also a shared business and an ethnic identity.
How else do you see a family in real practice? Or even as an ideal?