|Re: RE: Elder/Senior/Proactive Adult Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 15:39:42 -0800 (PST)|
Daniel Fallon <psychling [at] att.net> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting excessive quoting ( 4 previous bottom quoted messages) which pushed it over size limit. Please only quote as much as needed. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Something I haven't read about or heard about from current CH residents is a worry that "I would have" living in an elder-only community: a relatively short remaining lifespan would increase the frequency of folks dieing around me. I know. I know. "We're all dieing." That isn't the point. I don't plan to spend my remaining years `practicing' for it. I, too, like the peace, gentility, sharing the unstated similarity of life's past experiences (wisdom) with agemates. Even sharing the sadness and loss of neighbors dieing in a way that couldn't be shared with younger folks. But .... I want messy diapers, screaming kids, school and teaching stuff, watching frenetic 10 year olds begin to smell, get pimples, walk with a menacing roll as they turn 14 or 15! Actually, I know an 85 year old at our community who walks with a menacing roll (Roofwalker!! My role model!! I want to grow up to BE LIKE HIM!!!!) and has more energy than 10 twenty-five year olds lined up in a row. So ... I guess I can't really overgeneralize. I'm just as prepared to deal with the fellow across the pedway who drank too much last night as I am to deal with the fellow around the bend who has mistakenly doubled all the pills he had to take yesterday. I'm as prepared to deal with a 15 year old with shades of pink, orange, blue and purple hair as I am to deal with a guy who wears purple socks and sandals. I'd be as excited about building a skateboard park in the community as I am --- no, actually, I'd be more excited about a skateoard park in the community --- as I am about the community hot tub. - Dan
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