|RE: Kids Vs Elders: Aging In Place||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006 09:14:03 -0700 (PDT)|
As a teacher mentor once told me, the definition of a kid is noise with dirt on it. At Sharingwood we have 36 kids of all ages and 52 adults and so kids are a dominant force here. At this very minute, on a damp Northwest Sunday morning, there is a small tribe of kids skulking outside my window in the woods playing some game. There are some quiet adult houses (Without kids) and during a gathering of teens at my house recently I spent a couple hours in the commonhouse library, enjoying the peace. It is very easy to find quiet space if you want/need it. Sometimes parents of youngers just come over and have a cup of tea in our relatively quiet place. Dining is the intersection place where kid energy and volume is most noticable and impactful. Over the years we have had various systems to try to mediate this, including, kids eat with parents, a small volume bell at each table which was wrung when the noise got too loud, various rules about noise in the dining room. To date, after several years, none of these approaches has stuck more than a month or so. Even when the kids, parents etc make the agreements. There is a difference in tolerance to noise. Parents are more used to loud, energetic kids, its what they live with 24/7 and so to them, the kid energy is just normal ambient background. To non-parents, its much different. And of course, there are differences between parents. So at this point, the kid energy and noise is monitored by adults and sometimes adults intervene to lower the threshold. But it is still a loud and active dining experience, and this filters out people who want/need a more quiet reflective dining experience. There seems to be little energy in the adults or kids to change this status quo. I would think the noisy tribe outside my window might also filter off some adults, and if so, that is probably OK, we are what we are and it is better to accept that going in, than hold onto some fantasy and then get frustrated when the community does not match the fantasy. Rob Sandelin Naturalist, Writer The Environmental Science School http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm ><((((º>`·..·`·..·`·...><((((º>...·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·` ·..·`·...><((((º>·.. ><((((º> ·`·..·`·...·..·`><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>..·`·..·`·.. .><((((º>·.. ·`·..·`·....·`·..·`·...><((((º> -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.385 / Virus Database: 268.4.0/305 - Release Date: 4/8/2006
RE: Kids Vs Elders: Aging In Place Fred H Olson, April 9 2006
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