By Sandra Petro Hart
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Copyright 2013 Sandra Petro Hart
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The raised ranch on Sutton Park Road is your typical New York-style suburban home in a subdivision with houses that look uniformly alike. As you drive around a bend in the road and look to your left, there’s nothing that makes the structure stand out from all the other houses in the neighborhood, a truly unremarkable place. However, all you have to do is ask any of the people who lived at Sutton Park during the 90’s, and they will readily take you back through the history behind the loud, diverse group of individuals who transformed themselves into a family under that mundane gray roof.
When I first met my husband he had been living in the house for about twenty years. We married in 1990, and I moved in with my two daughters. Instantly, we became a blended family. I am using the term “family” in a broad sense, since my new husband was divorced and raising his own son along with his ex-wife’s two children from a prior marriage; and I was a four-time divorced mom raising my daughters alone. Statistically speaking, the odds of success were stacked against us. Seven people who hardly knew each other living together under one roof was a challenge for all of us. The changes in location, life-style, parenting techniques, and our diverse personalities raised havoc.