HUMOROUS STORY OF THE WEEK
THE MIXED BLESSINGS OF LIVING ALONE
by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
In the humorous story, The Mixed Blessings of Living Alone, Nancy shares both the frustrations and a couple of unexpected benefits of this predicament.
Dresses with back zippers, necklaces with tiny latches, exposed nail holes on living room walls… these are just a few of the frustrations for women living alone. Nancy has learned to adapt to life without a handy hubby around around the house and shares a few of them. For example, she has tossed aside all necklaces with minuscule latches, favoring those she can slip on and off over her head. She has learned to overlook her pock-marked walls, evidence of of repeated unsuccessful attempts to hang pictures straight. Now she claims hey add a bit of character to her living room, which might otherwise look a bit bland.
When her husband,Rod, died five years earlier, Nancy had not anticipated many of the predicaments resulting from living by one’s lonesome. But now she has truly come to appreciate Dinah Shore’s ditty, “It’s so nice to have a man around the house.” Especially on trash day, she misses her man. And living in Florida, where cockroaches grow to the size of hamsters, she yearns to yell, “Rod, get in here fast!” when one scuttles across her bathtub.
But Nancy is quick to point out that there are certain advantages to living alone. Statistics show a growing trend of single seniors socializing more—not less–than married people, perhaps to avoid feeling isolated at home. Nancy has become what she calls “a lady who lunches,” incessantly arranging meals, movies, and other outings with friends. On days with no appointments, she leaves the house if it gets too quiet and goes for a walk. Frequently, she encounters other single-dwellers and stops to chat. If their conversation becomes engrossing, she invites them back to her house and a new friendship blossoms.
But the biggest advantage to living alone is one Nancy only shares with a blush. You will get a hint from the video, below.
Watch this video beginning at frame 1:31 – 2:40 to meet Nancy and learn more about her story.