|Re: Coho Community - when no Coho "Community"?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Connie Plice (conniepliceprovide.net)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 20:36:07 -0500|
Responding to your inquiry about common cooking in "regular" neighborhood= s. About twenty years ago my husband , two grade school age children and= I lived in a typical subdivision here in Ann Arbor. Our house was on = a court so that physical fact made neighboring happen more naturally than= when the houses are laid out in straight lines because we could see each= other coming and going. Also four of the five houses on the court had = children near the same age, and we had all lived there since he kids were= toddlers, so had been our in the court overseeing their play back in the= years when that was needed. Anyhow, one summer we got the thought that you expressed about each house= doing all its own cooking "what a waste!". So we set up a plan for comm= unity cooking four days a week for the evening meal. On Mondays I would = cook a meal for 24 people. When dinner time came I would call the other = three families and say "Bring two serving bowls and a platter" or whateve= r they would need for that meal. Over came the other three mamas with = their containers to collect their food, then went home to serve their fam= ilies. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the others took their turn. = It was lots of fun. It just lasted through a few months and then fizzled= out. But I have always remembered the fun of doing it. ---------- > > George Marx said: > >>I wonder though why: Coho Principles - aren't adopted by more of us; = =3D > > sharing Community - as best we can in a variety of ways - and not getti= ng=3D > =3D > > in the Way of those trying to form and build "Real" Cohousing > communities.<< > > Not quite a year ago, my wife and I got interested in cohousing= a=3D > nd > got involved with a group in our area. Only a few months ago, we dropp= ed=3D > > out and bought a house directly across the street from my wife's > grandparents. We felt this move met many of our reasons for being > interested in cohousing and was much more expedient. (A few people on > cohousing-L disagreed.) > So far, we've been delighted by the move and feel much more "in > community" than where we lived before. Grandma has introduced us to = the > family two doors up from us - whose son mows our lawn - and there's a > community group here which organizes garage sales and the like. > Still, some of the simple things you mention have yet to occour= .. =3D > =3D > > Common meals seemed obvious to me. (We're one couple. Grandma and Gra= nd=3D > pa > are one couple. The family up the street is a single father with two = boy=3D > s. > It seems a waste to spend time cooking such a small meal.) > I think my answer to your question as to WHY it doesn't happen = mo=3D > re > is that it takes someone suggesting it and someone organizing it, for > firsts. Secondly, it's not natural. That is, it's not presently part = of=3D > > one's routine. Often it's easier to stay in a routine even if you know > there is a better way becaues it takes effort to change. > > Thos > http://ourworld.compuseve.com/homepages/thos > http://www.esperanto-usa.org >
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