Falls Church News-Press: When you merge your life with someone else’s, there are all sorts of things you must learn and change – either about yourself or the one who is lucky enough to have you. You have to befriend their friends. You have to learn what toilet paper they like. You have to learn about their mood swings, family history, and even feign sharing their interests, like in gadgets or Birkin bags.

In addition to getting to know your spouse, you also have an enormous circle of new cousins, grandmothers, uncles who aren’t actually related, and assorted nannies from childhood that you will have to become acquainted with and call inappropriate nicknames. You are now family. It’s sort of like meeting a stranger at the grocery store whom you must immediately call Baba.

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