"Why My Daughter Wants Me to Marry"

My mother and my daughter are two generations apart. But they have at least one desire in common: to see me, a 50-year-old single parent, walk down the aisle.

In Eleni’s mind, my future husband would have two daughters, preferably between the ages of six and 14. And perhaps a dog or two, so the pets could keep each other company. (My husband would be my buddy, so we’d all have someone to play with.) We’d live in a big house, with a wraparound porch and flat-screen TVs. And if anything bad happened in the world–like if people started kidnapping lots of children, “Mommy — we’d all be there to protect each other.”

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