It’s Community Day here at Taking it to the Streets
“We all must hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin
I’ve been thinking about that lately. We live in such wild times – economic upheaval, environmental chaos with attendant wild weather patterns, breakdowns in cultural structures. And for me and my contemporaries the ‘omigosh, how did we get here so soon’ realities that we are far from kids these days – the inevitable passing of time and all that that entails. It could get scary – and would get scary, if we were in this alone.
I was talking tonight to a young friend, who is also the daughter of a friend (i.e., I was friends with her Dad first). She’s in a liminal place in life – not sure of next steps, not even sure of where she’ll end up living – it’s all pretty up in the air. I suggested she might live here with me for a while while she figures it out. She was recounting how her adopted sister just moved to live with a member of her husband’s family – times were tight, not enough work for them in Arizona, so they’re off to Washington.
I think that’s how we’ll get through all this sturm und drang – together. That’s one of the reasons I so resonate with the idea of co-housing. Pulling together, sharing not just tools and a big common-house kitchen, but strengths, abilities, shoulders to lean on and cry on. And laughter and hope.
And my hunch is that what seems like expediency and a “getting by” mechanism may, in the end, have been the point all along. To be together. To be in community. Hanging together – being ‘with your peeps’. To paraphrase a commonly seen graffiti of my youth “Friends will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no friends.” And that’s the truth!