|Re: The Red Mercedes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Patty (phodg1gmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 09:44:14 -0700 (PDT)|
Dane, I do live in cohousing, and I'm still smiling over your message. To quote B. Dylan, you can be in my dream if I can be in yours. I too loved Sharon's Red Mercedes story and hope to commit it to memory (memory being not altogether reliable these days). Before I moved into my community, I imagined that we'd all do everything together and that my neighbors would be in and out of my house constantly. This fantasy overlooked the fact that it's a pain to get a large group pulled together even to go to a movie and that I really don't like people coming in and out of my house all the time, if ever. So we moved in and soon fell into subgroups and conflicts, and it turned out that living in cohousing involved a lot of work in many ways, on many levels. Everything was imperfect, and it remains so. Yet whenever I'm talking to anyone about cohousing, I always end up telling them that I wouldn't live any other way again. Witnessing the trajectories of my neighbors' lives; watching the kids be born and grow up; helping and being helped; coming to understand that I am every bit as annoying, appreciated, and cared about in my neighbors' eyes as they are in mine -- all this adds a richness to my life that is difficult to explain and would be hard to find anywhere else. So, Dane, I hope someday you'll get your red-Mercedes-equivalent. It's expensive, but it's worth it. Patty Hodgins Hearthstone, Denver ...where in September we had a most fabulous 10th anniversary celebration
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