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Imagine a tight community of allergy families, with shared safe meals, other moms who get it, safe play activities for the kids, and a chance to really, truly relax about some of this allergy stuff?<br><br>
Just for fun, who's in? What would it look like? Where would it be? How long would people live there? What would the dh's do?<br><br>
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<p>I can start.</p>
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<p>Dh is a teacher, So he can teach social sciences to any high school kids. lol</p>
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<p>I have a daycare at home, so for those that need care, can drop their kids off and not worry about cross-contamination and accidents that they may get an allergen.</p>
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<p>I'm thinking maybe town houses with a nice community center with a great kitchen with a few sets of cooking pots and ustensils that are free of the majoy allergens. A few classes with windows so we the parents can see what's going on even if we can't be there because we are with other children. A nice open room in the center with lots of safe toys for the kids. Nice couchs and chairs for the parents to sit down and chat while the younger kids are playing close to them. A dining hall with lots of tables for those that want to share meals and chat together.</p>
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<p>How's this for a start???</p>
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<p>I started exactly this same thread on parents of kids with food allergies.  It is such an awesome fantasy-especially in this time of food centered holiday craziness.</p>
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<p>I am a teacher and could do junior high and high school science.  DH is a potter so could do art classes.</p>
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<p>We would definitely need a massage therapist and/or yoga instructor even though I may feel a lot less stress in a allergen-free commune.</p>
 

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<p>Definitely in. ;) </p>
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<p>We toured cohousing in Ann Arbor. There was a common building with a play room (with excellent loft), meeting rooms, office space, library and then a huge kitchen and dining room. There was a nice big patio out back, with huge (functional) gardens, a play structure, and a big shed thingie for communal bikes/ride toys. The houses themselves were like townhouse apartments. There was a main parking lot, and then the "road" that went in front of everyone's front door was only pedestrian/bike accessible. It had a bus stop out front that connected with the city bus line (it was a few miles out of downtown). </p>
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<p>An allergy community, I think would be a bit smaller. I always wanted to live in a co-op in college (but was scared of the commitment - mandatory meetings, shifts in the kitchen and rotating chore list. who says hippies are laid back? lol). I would think of it more like a dormish thing? Depending on the amount of families... If it were only a few families, a big house would be big enough. :) </p>
 

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<p>I think it would be great to live in a community that understood..... or at least had more of a similar thought process about food allergies as I do.  It is hard to even think about what it would look like for me though.  My dream is just to have people around that either get it, are food allergic and have similar views/practices, or just don't roll their eyes about it all (or just play lip service).</p>
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<p>For me, part of the dream is just to have a place that gives my children a sense of freedom.  Where they aren't excluded because of their food allergies.  Where I could say that we don't share food, explain why, and not be looked at as though we have 3 heads and scales growing up our backs.</p>
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<p>In many ways, I wouldn't necessarily think about all the physical amenities offered by co-housing, because if you found a place, and no longer felt alone, were no longer made to feel like some freak, would anything else really matter more?  </p>
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<p>If you could find a community that really did get it, didn't hold it against you, didn't make your kids feel "less than" all the time, I know I'd be willing to live in a tent and cook over a fire pit.  Wouldn't you?</p>
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<p>.... oh..... there is one caveat..... there would have to be a hospital no more than 15 minutes away.... and that is even traveling in bad weather..... with excellent emergency services..... </p>
 

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<p>A big thing for dd would be having people around all the time to extend dd's comfort zone.  She takes a long time to warm up, and it's repeated every single time we see new (or the same) people after being away.  If they were around all the time, that's be so much less stressful for her.</p>
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<p>A big thing for me would be people living close enough so that it's easy to share meals on a whim.  A place where I could let my 3yo roam and randomly eat lunch at a friend's house without me worrying.</p>
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<p>Oh, and I'm using cohousing and intentional community somewhat interchangeably.  I'm figuring everyone has their own house/condo/apartment/whatever, and there are just a few communal things like a rec room, outdoor space, storage space, etc.</p>
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<p>Of course, there would suddenly be so much time for us mamas to get together and talk supps and genetics and healing, and so our LO's would get better that much faster.</p>
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<p>And I love camping, I totally wouldn't mind cooking over a fire pit!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>FAmom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282328/dreaming-of-allergen-free-cohousing#post_16081983"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>In many ways, I wouldn't necessarily think about all the physical amenities offered by co-housing, because if you found a place, and no longer felt alone, were no longer made to feel like some freak, would anything else really matter more?  </p>
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<p>Too true. </p>
 
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