It's not like the idea is new. It's only the modern age which brought the limitation to our thinking about what family means. So as much as I write about romantic love between non-traditional partners, I think it's just as important to think about what happens after the fun sexy parts. The kids that are born or adopted into those units. The way adults share a life and support one another and their offspring if they choose to have them. What that means as the members age. Our extended family, when we're lucky enough to live close by to them these days, are the remnants of this old style group living. The most recent examples of group life include everything from those with grandparents who lived with them when they were kids, to the kibbutz movement in Israel as it used to exist (or any of the other commune experiments of the recent past). I know I'm discounting other examples, but you can include those in your comments.
So what do you think about the realities of alternative lifestyles apart from the romantic version on the pages of books? I know the topic could be controversial, but, heck, I write about BDSM. I'm not averse to a little pain.
All this from sailing. Wonder what I'll ask if I come back from a camping trip?