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INTRODUCTION: The Hive
Behind the idea for this book is my hope that anyone who picks it up and reads it will see an opportunity to connect, and care for, their family—all different ages of their family—under one roof. This idea is not new, my family just went back to what worked many years ago.
It’s really important to me that this book is not a pain to read or a trudge. I think of it as “cafeteria style.” Pick what you like, turn to which chapter you need. Take what’s valuable and enjoy the meal. Please try not to bite off more than you can chew, not in this book, nor in the idea behind it. Multi-generational living as a positive way to live with your family…your kids, grandparents and great-parents, if you’re fortunate enough to have them with you.
Here’s how we designed the book to work for you
First, in the beginning part, which we call Parkview, is the tangible design decisions behind the whats, whys, and hows of our 4-Generational living experiment. This is your guide for setting up your own multi-generational family situation. Nothing is meant to be taken as an absolute; it’s just the way it works for us. Think of it as a recipe, you can always change it up. Everyone makes their pizza differently, this is our Cini Family Pizza recipe.
Secondly, you’ll find the section we call, Field Notes. If you were to stop by one day and visit us at our house, and sit around our dining room table, hang out together in our family room, spend a little time with Grandma (and Great-Grandma) Lilly, these are some things you might observe. They’re the sweet things and the challenging things, the funny things and poignant things that really are the inner workings of our family.
Finally, you’ll see the section we named, How to Stay Alive in the Hive. In our social experiment, we’ve figured out some things that help us move forward… better and stronger. In this way, I see our living arrangement being much like a beehive. It’s where the bees all have their unique purpose that contributes to a better, stronger hive. Sometimes, in our hive, we figured them out just through dumb luck, and sometimes through planning, and sometimes through pain. But it always was, and always will be, “an experiment” and just like taking a walk in the woods, we learned “which berries we could eat and which we couldn’t.” The good news is…no one’s starved and the better news is everyone’s thriving.
We’re learning as we’re living
If you’re thinking of starting your own social experiment, these strategies are here to help start you out on more solid ground than we did. But our hope is you’ll see it as your own social experiment and you’ll create your own design for thriving in your own hive.
Written by Lisa M. Cini, excerpt from the Introduction to her book, “Hive”.
Edited and posted with permission by Jean Widner of the BestLivingTech.com team.