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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Peggy McCracken

Squarely Pegged

By Peggy McCracken

Can three live
In harmony?

Three women living in the same house? Never!

Or maybe.

Watching “The Golden Girls” poke their noses into each other’s business and fight over little things does nothing to make me want to share my space.

Can you imagine living with your mother, a sexpot and a ditz? (I see myself as Maude, of course.) Wait, her name is not Maude in this sitcom is it? You know whom I mean, the tall lady.

Maybe I do need a companion to tell me what day it is and remind me who I am. As I lay in the shower Saturday week, letting warm water soothe the aches I had just created by tripping over the shower curtain and crashing, I had second thoughts about hanging onto my privacy and independence.

Peggy Lynn is coming today to look over my situation, the town and job opportunities, and to take me for my regular oncologist visit in Midland. She may decide I have enjoyed my freedoms long enough. Or not.

I hope I am not too proud to admit when I need help. In fact, I have done much better of late, accepting help when it is offered and even asking for an occasional hand up.

AARP The Magazine chronicles numerous house-sharing experiences among women 50-up. Two women who, like myself, enjoyed their privacy and were almost reclusive, teamed up and found they not only enjoyed each other’s company, they began entertaining others.

Another pairing gave best friends more time to be together, and to share each other’s families. They even started a business together, and call their arrangement comfortable.

Living in the same house with a friend could create enough friction to end the friendship, though. I would think long and hard before jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

“Our LORD, you keep your word…when someone stumbles or falls, you give a helping hand…you satisfy the desires of all who live.” Psalm 145:13-16, CEV

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