Re: Birthdays
From: Maggi (
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 09:56:48 -0700 (PDT)
I don't think we have any months with no birthdays, but we have a pretty big community (over 30 households).

We celebrate once a month at common meal. One of our jobs is a person who keeps track of how people are doing in the community, emotional & physical health as well as birthdays and other special days, called Touchstone Cares. That person prepares a mini-celebration -- mostly just listing names on a big piece of paper -- and we buy a cake and sing to everyone whose birthday it is. They also email the list out to the community as a reminder. It is sufficient.

The kids often have little celebrations in the common house, provided by parents -- like a cake and ice cream, no presents.

-Maggi Idzikowski
Touchstone Cohousing, Ann Arbor, MI est 2006

On Aug 1, 2009, at 12:08 PM, Sharon Villines wrote:

I liked Craig's description of birthday celebrations at Songia, the
four questions. We do birthday cards, sing Happy Birthday and have
cakes. It's a group event once a month after a meeting.

I'm curious about how other communities handle birthdays, if at all.

And a burning question: Do you have months with no birthdays? In a
community of 80 people we actually have one month with no birthdays. I
can't remember exactly which one it is but a spring month. Some months
have 10.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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