Tensions are running high in cohousing communities across the country as they continue to deal with individual choices and protecting the group as COVID rages on with vaccine choices now an option. But one day in Spring 2020 another conflict ended in murder.
I saw a neighbor staring at a birdhouse. A cute, ordinary birdhouse but a drama was unfolding. It was such a desired place, that one bird actually killed another bird to live there. Wow. It is a dog eat dog world at there in bird world – not just seed eaters!
I joked that I wish we had such enthusiasm to live at our cohousing. Obviously, I don’t want murder, but it’d be nice if we had a long waiting list to buy or rent a house when it came open. And that was before I needed to off load my house.
Now we are the ones who have to protect the birds. Not from real estate crimes but bird feeders and houses that can spread disease. I hope it goes away soon and we can give birds a stop to eat or sleep again. I enjoyed the song birds that would arrive every spring at my house and my mother’s house around the corner in my pre-coho home.