At last, the time has come to unveil my WILD new living arrangement in Austin. I am the newest member of the Rosewood Commune!
Alright, technically it’s the Rosewood Co-Op, but people here are creative and hippie and chill, so I just prefer to think of it as a commune.
When I first heard about the details of co-op life, I was a little intimidated. I didn’t love the idea of needing to put “labor hours” into the house (ah, responsibility) and so I initially dismissed the idea of co-op life. But then I thought about it and realized that I am all about community and this could perhaps be one of the best ways to experience community and to create it.
Move-in was a little bit insane with some unexpected bumps like not having any air conditioning in Arvie for the first thirty-six hours…in Austin heat. During my first two days in Austin, I spent at least two hours lost on alternately our scooter and my bicycle, trying to learn my way around new parts of the city. Oops!
But I made myself strong, met the challenges with a fierceness all my own and figured out all the stuff that Yair usually does like parking, leveling and plugging in the RV.
Rosewood Co-Op is the bomb-diggity. We have a sprawling house with an organic garden, compost, three living rooms, two kitchens, a laundry area and a chicken coop in the making.
There are sixteen housemates in total between the ages of nineteen and thirty who are remarkably cool and diverse. Included in those sixteen are the founder and owner of a local gourmet mushroom company, a vegan chef who brings us donuts in the mornings (love), an organic farmer who loads up our fridge with fresh produce, a writer, a film maker, an Americorps volunteer, a comedian and a biofuels engineer.
We get together for official family / house dinners at least once each week and there’s always someone to hang out with if you’re in a social mood. Community is such a powerful thing.
Perhaps my favorite part of the co-op is how lovably eccentric many of the housemates are. Other people being weird gives me permission to let out the insane and kooky side of my personality, as well.
I’ll give three examples:
1) There is a house rule that you can paint, color or create a mural on any house wall anywhere. Awesome.
2) There is a house battle after community dinners on Wednesdays complete with samurai swords, nerf guns and more.
3) Some semblance of clothing is required in the kitchen, but otherwise the house is pretty live-and-let-live.
At moments this week, I’ve wondered how I ever didn’t live in a co-op. I know that not every day will be perfect, but – between this community and a couple of secret surprises that I haven’t shared just yet – this might be poised to be the best year and adventure of my life.
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