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#220481 - 10/01/14 09:18 PM With a little help from our friends
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 3201
Loc: Illinois
Whenever I hear that phrase, "with a little help from our friends," I think of my teenage years, and the iconic Beatles song. But the fact is, I don't think we relied on our friends back then the way we have come to do now.

Many of us, looking forward to a time of widowhood or late-life singlehood, are looking to our friends, rather than to institutions or agencies, for help. (Heck, we don't even have to be single to do this. Steve and I have friends who are helping us daily, even now!)

As an example, right now, one of our friends has volunteered to go do grocery shopping for me every week, because he realizes that my knees have become very stiff, and until I've had surgery to replace both of them (not to mention during my post-surgery recovery times) this is something that wears me out, yet is a relatively easy thing (from his point of view) that he can do to help me.

I thought of this today, as I read the attached article from the Utne Reader about a new book, With a Little Help From Our Friends (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), by journalist and author Beth Baker.

Boomer in Chief of Boomer Women Speak and the National Association of Baby Boomer Women.

#220483 - 10/03/14 03:09 AM Re: With a little help from our friends [Re: Anne Holmes]
yonuh Offline

Registered: 06/14/06
Posts: 2447
Loc: Arizona
I think we Boomers are changing the paradigm for lots of things. Good!
Well-behaved women rarely make history. - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

#220565 - 11/10/14 12:26 AM Re: With a little help from our friends [Re: yonuh]
orchid Offline

Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3675
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
It's great to that friends help out....when they are around.
_________________________ (How cycling leads to other types of adventures, thoughts)

#220583 - 11/14/14 05:17 PM Re: With a little help from our friends [Re: orchid]
ScorpGal Offline

Registered: 11/12/14
Posts: 4
During past years, raising my children, catering to my husband, and treading water in my career, my energy was all taken. I had friends, but they came fourth in my life. Now my kids are grown, my husband is dead, and my career is over, so I am finding friends are a great source of getting outside myself. I spend a lot of time on the computer and find there is someone somewhere awake to relate to... or at least forums that I can read and reply to. We are very fortunate to have learned to use the information highway...

#220585 - 11/15/14 11:10 PM Re: With a little help from our friends [Re: ScorpGal]
jabber Offline

Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10027
Loc: New York State
First, does "scorp" stand for the 8th sign of the zodiac? Or what? Second, what's your passion? Take up painting or writing or sewing or mentoring some young person who needs a friend.
Your career was in what field of expertise? Perhaps you could pursue a hobby there. Don't know. But hope you find happiness in some sweet endeavor. I agree about the information highway. I love the computer. It's like having a library at your fingertips.

#220608 - 11/22/14 01:33 PM Re: With a little help from our friends [Re: jabber]
jabber Offline

Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10027
Loc: New York State
Hey ScorpGal, where'd you go lady???

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