An urban cohousing fairytale*
From: Jessie Kome (
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:18:48 -0700 (PDT)

One of my neighbors at Eastern Village Cohousing posted this story yesterday. 
Thought you all might like it!

Once upon a time there was a couple who lived in co-housing with their kids. 
One night, they left the happy kids with their favorite teenage neighbor, and 
set off to meet friends for a date.  When they got to their car, they found out 
it wouldn't start.  They called some neighbors who they knew were home, and 
within 10 minutes were on their way, only a little late, in a borrowed car.  

As they drove they busily started trying to figure out what to do about their 
broken car - when would they need it?  Could their Dad lend a car then?  Would 
their mechanic have room to take a look at their car on Monday?

After the date, they came home to sleeping kids, and bid their neighbor 
babysitter goodnight.  When they returned the keys to their borrowed car, they 
got to talking with the neighbor who'd lent them about what the car was doing.  
He suggested a simple test that would tell them if it was just that the battery 
was dead.  So the next morning they checked and it was indeed the battery.  
They were able to remove the battery, borrow a heavy duty dolly from the 
sharing space, and wheel the battery (and the kids) to the local battery store 
to recycle the old one and buy a new one.  

And it worked!  Within an hour their car worked again, with minimal effort and 

(*This is not really a good description, since this story is 100% true.  We 
love living at EVC!) [signed Abi Daken on behalf of her whole family]

-Jessie Handforth Kome
Eastern Village Cohousing
Where the SAGES group is talking through aging in place logistics, and the kids 
(plus interested adult parties) are trying to solve the toys in the courtyard 
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