and the
functional efficiency of the marital factory, which is marginal at best

Mum has begun referring to her & dad as "Partial disfunctional happiness with some periods of discontent" <img src="/ubbt/images/graemlins/pfft.gif" alt="" />

I think that means dad drives her up the wall sometimes <img src="/ubbt/images/graemlins/ooo.gif" alt="" />

Life may feel as if you are constantly getting kicked on a daily basis, living is about picking yourself up each day and going on and on and on regardless.