|What cohousing means to me||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 May 94 11:50 CDT|
<Sender composed mail containing characters not in the US-ASCII set.> <These characters have been transformed into a printable form.> I asked some of my neighbors to write a sentence or two about what = cohousing meant to them for a brochure I'm working on. I thought I = would share some of their comments with the larger group out in internet la= nd. I can let my children run and play outside, knowing that every other = adult is willing and able to watch, nurture and protect them. There is = an amazing freedom as parent that I can rely, really and truly trust = and rely on my neighbors to take care of the well being of my children. The evening meal reminds me of Thanksgiving, with all my family around = me, laughing, talking, sharing the details of our days and life. The = best adult social conversation I=92ve ever had comes each night around = the dinner table here. This is like an endless summer camp that goes on and on. People helping = each other, working together, brainstorming, sharing their hopes, = dreams, ideals. I=92ve come to know and understand myself in a new and = very important way; how I affect other people. What it means to me is that I can be with other people, fascinating, = interesting, clever and empathetic people, when ever I choose to walk = out the door. I never thought of myself as particularly interesting = and I=92ve learned that I have a lot to offer. The incredible thing to me is the access I have to tools, books, = information, life experiences. It still blows me away that I can just = walk into Bob's garage and borrow his chainsaw and as long as I put it = back, that is totally OK. The other day I was having trouble with my = car and four of my neighbors stopped by to help and offer advice, a = ride to the parts store, and the tools I needed to do the job. One of = them even offered to fix it for me. One of the major differences I see cohousing offering is that people = are ready and willing to cooperate with each other instead of compete. = When you come here you have to accept the idea that the good of the = community outweighs getting your own way all the time. You have to be = willing to share and let go of control sometimes. You have to deal = with the problems you personally cause the group and take = responsibility, not only for yourself, but for the best interest of everyon= e.
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