|Re: The Cohousing Crunch||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Denise Meier & Michael Jacob (dmmjncal.verio.com)|
|Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 10:07:17 -0600 (MDT)|
Oh, Sharon, your post brought back memories. Now, having been in a year, let me assure you that it really is worth it. But oh, last summer! One of our families was expecting a baby in September, and as the move-in date slipped from June to July to August, we were getting more and more nervous. The plan was that they would stay with us in our house (we had some renters coming in, and had to keep stringing them along, too). They weren't planning a home birth, but still, it was uneasy. Well, they moved in in mid-August, and all was well. At the lovely naming ceremony they held for their daughter in our Common House, Wendy recalled the upset and worry she carried all summer. And then she said that the baby was being named after her husband's recently deceased grandmother, who, when SHE was 7 months pregnant, left Austria with her husband and daughter and got on a train to Siberia to escape the Nazis. She said it gave her a lot of perspective. (Sometimes for me when things are hard it helps to think about people who are (or have been) worse off. Sometimes it doesn't, and it pisses me off when others tell me these quaint little tales. So I hope I haven't angered you. ) You are embarking on a great adventure - all along in our process we likened it to giving birth, and the pushing phase is the hardest. That's where you are now. It's difficult, and will remain so while everyone gets settled and figures out where they're going to keep everything and gets used to having all these people they KNOW around them all the time, etc, etc, etc. But it will settle down, and hopefully, it'll be wonderful... Take care, keep us posted. Denise Meier Two Acre Wood Sebastopol, California
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