in social classes? Or at relatively similar levels?
I was thinking about my stepfather's family versus my mother's family this morning; stepdad's - educated, cultured, reasonably nice bunch. The sort who actually care about their children having an education and doing well in life. Not necessarily normal in the head, but outwardly, you could put them in a party together and assume they wouldn't just beat each other up.
Mother's - in the main, absolutely hideous. For example, one of her sisters has recently been deserted by her husband, because he decided to run off with her sons girlfriend. So my aunt has lost her (mid 40's) husband, and my cousin has lost his (early 20's) girlfriend and two year old baby. Other than that, all of them have been known not to talk to another brother or sister (there are eight of them) for years and years at a time - fights involving black eyes, dissing each other's kids, etc etc.
My mum stays out of it all, I have to say.
... I guess you'd fall in love with the person, but I can't help thinking 'what the hell was my stepdad thinking of?'.
Anyyyyyyyyway, your thoughs?