Women: Single and Loving It
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New-Style Communities continued...
While Watters was figuring out his life in San Francisco, "my mother was
leading a very parallel life. She was in her 70s, living entirely in this group
of friends, and they did everything a family would do. She had a very
fulfilling life," he says. Retired people have long formed these types of
communities. It's people younger than 65 who are new to the concept, he
"Single women have helped provide the momentum for urban tribes,"
Watters tells WebMD. "The key thing is ritual ... the Tuesday night potluck
dinner, so everyone can get together regularly. But you have to realize an
urban tribe is an ephemeral thing, it changes. People leave, others come in.
It's a very informal contract you make with your friends. But it never has a
sense of reciprocity. It's about giving genuinely and freely."