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The New Kids on the Block

Malki Lowinger

The older we get the more comfortable we are in familiar surroundings. So why would a middle-aged couple pick up and leave their home, friends, shul, and corner grocery? And what’s it’s like once they settle into new homes?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

new kidsMost of us are creatures of habit. We crave consistency in our lives. So when we hear about those among us who are fifty-plus and relocating, we’re intrigued. Why start all over again in an unfamiliar location when you already have your daily routine down pat? Why begin the process of acclimating to new surroundings at this stage of your life?

If you’re middle aged, chances are that you’ve been living in the same neighborhood for the past twenty, thirty, or more years. You’re on first-name basis with the cashier at the supermarket, you have a relationship with your sheitelmacher, and your dry cleaner’s contact information is safely stored in your cell phone. You can rely on your neighbor to take your trash to the curb while you’re on vacation, and your postman to deliver your copy of Mishpacha magazine every week at the exact same time. Stability, dependability, consistency. These are the hallmarks of your existence.

So why rock the boat?

Family First spoke to several women who recently relocated, and it seems that despite the challenges, they are thrilled with the move. Yes, there were adjustments to make, and an element of culture shock, but they discovered within themselves a sense of adventure that they had never known existed. 

 

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