Updated: May 26, 2021
It was so nice to meet all of you today! I'm sorry I couldn't stay longer but I hope you were able to get a good feel for what cohousing is and what it has to offer.
As promised, here are my top 3 reasons why we are looking forward to living in cohousing again.
1. Our world is bigger in cohousing. My teen was talking to a friend on the phone and comparing her life in cohousing with her life here. She described our cohousing neighborhood as a place where there was always something going on- people taking prom pictures, someone grilling, kids drawing on the sidewalk. Here, as she put it, "it's just my mom and dad and the things they do." I think about community dinners and how nice it was to sit down and talk about someone else's day or a book they're reading or a trip they're planning... it broadened my world.
2. You have friendships where you aren't always "catching up." I feel like most of my friendships involve a good amount of just catching up on what people have been up to, rather than having the deeper conversations that really satisfy your soul. Because you see people with such greater frequency in cohousing, there's a lot less "catching up" and a lot more to the friendship.
3. Each of us in my family has relationships outside of our peer group.... and enough people around to have a nice peer group. It's unique to be able to have shared interests with people who aren't your age- making friends with other parents is easy but finding something that brings me into contact with people in their 70's or in their 20's and gives us something to work on together rarely happens. In cohousing, not only do I know these people but we also have tasks to work on and reasons to get together. It's especially great for my kids because they have a whole set of adults to learn from in cohousing.
Okay, I feel like I'm stretching the bounds of "top 3," so I'll stop here but I'm more than happy to chat further about what it's like to live in cohousing. Hope you have a great rest of your week!