This year we had a wonderful Christmas dinner with our future cohousing friends at the home of Wendy and Hans. It was a great preview of things to come. Although we don't have a common house yet, or even our own houses in community with each other, it felt so good to have friendship, which seems to me the strongest part of community. We arrived with our two kids, to find Coleen, Wendy and Hans already settled into a cozy kitchen and bits to eat. Mitch and Catnip (with their dog Max) arrived a bit later. I came to realize that Mitch had been deliberating over recipe variations in her house a few miles away all afternoon. When we have a common kitchen, there will be others to chime in and help, not to mention we won't have to schlepp food in and out of cars and to another house- it will all be right there. It felt so good to be eating such wonderful food with such amazing people. Not to mention that my son Sorrel's first whisper this morning was "pie" (so all that time spend Mitch on the pies surely left an impression on Sorrel).
We all got to know each other a bit better, share our holiday cooking together, and play games with dogs and kids. Parula and Sorrel had a blast exploring Wendy and Hans's kitchen, playing with Coleen and Catnip and eating yummy food cooked by all. It was such a treat to watch my kids feel so comfortable with the folks we will be living in community with soon! It was a great way to spend the first of many holidays together in cohousing!