|Response to Goodbye Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alan Carpenter (acarpentDirect.CA)|
|Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 01:10:50 -0600|
>Thanks for your posting. Could you please relate for the whole list a couple >of specific incidences? That would be helpful to those of us waiting to get >there ourselves. I was pouring concrete tonight with another member for supports for a children's fort and play structure. It is a lot of fun to work with others to create this project. Our talents are added together. By combining our strengths the play structure is only half built and already it is bringing the community together to a new level. The children are excited, the adults are excited, the whole experience is so much fun. One of our seniors had not shown up in the common areas for a couple of days, so we checked on her and found that she was quite sick. People then took turns checking in on her, buying medication for her, helping her with meals etc. She believes that support saved her life. I find it hard to pick out specific incidences. There are things that happen every day where people show their caring and love. In my single family neighborhood I rarely talked to my neighbors and usually then the converation was Hi, nice day we are having. When I look back on that I feel like I was dead! Now I can just walk into a freind's house and we can support each other in sorting our problems we may be having, or share the joys that we are experiencing. My wife loves her retreat space while I can socialize, play cards or just visit with others. In our single family home she wanted retreat space, I wanted connection because I worked at my home business all day, and we kept ending up in conflict. Now we both can have what we want. There is much more love and peace in our relationship as a result of the way we relate to each other now. Windsong has been have potluck almost every night since we moved in. During these meals I am creating a deeper connection with the people here. I am experiencing a deep sense of support, love and acceptance unlike I have every known. I hope this helps others get a sense of what Cohousing means to me. Thank you for your response. Best Wishes, Alan Carpenter acarpent [at] Direct.CA
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