Well, Sam, I'll tell you how it is. You see, I married a widow and this widow had a daughter. Then my father, being a widower, married our daughter, so you see, my father is my son-in-law.
Yes, I see.–Then, again, my step-daughter is my step-mother, isn't she? Well, then her mother is my grandmother, isn't she? I'm married to her, ain't I? So that makes me my own grandfather, doesn't it?
Hi, Alan! How are you?
– Not bad, Jane, thanks. And you? How's your
–Oh, we are surviving! Now my husband isn’t working. We’re really under pressure to keep up with our debt repayments and everything. It’s stressful.
How are your daughters, Mrs. Adams?
–Thank you, everything's OK. Julie has just been made a managing director of their company. She's certainly the carrier girl of the family.
–And how's Jane and her kids?
–She's a happy housewife. You see, four children fill up almost all her time.
–Jane, what book are you reading?
–«We are family»
–it’s about how our position in the family affects our
personality. For example the psychologists say that only children,like you,are spoilt by their parents and grandparents. As a result they can be quite selfish. Is that true?
–Yes,I’m an only child, but I don’t think I was spoilt,...but maybe I was. I don’t consider myself to be selfish, but I’m probably not very good at seeing things from other people’s point of view.
–I didn't know that your brother had got married.
–Yes, he and Helen, his wife, have been married for two years already. And they have a daughter, my little niece.