My best friend asked me to live with her when I told her that I was going to be without a home for about three months. I sold my house after 25 years and needed to get out. The problem was that the new townhouse I bought wasn’t exactly built yet. I was planning on renting a temporary apartment but it’s hard to find a place that will do a short-term lease.
My BFF and I met when we were seven years old. We were roommates in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in our twenties. I was living there when I met my husband, and he then introduced my bestie to the guy she married.
We eventually all moved to the same town in suburban New Jersey, where we, believe it or not, each had two daughters. The four girls are almost exactly one year apart from each other.
My best friend asked me to move in with her. (Photo Credit: Stacy Feintuch)
Unfortunately, neither of our lives turned out to be all sunshine and roses. My best friend and her husband divorced when their kids were young. A couple of years later, my husband died suddenly after suffering a heart attack.
Thankfully, we have been there for each other.
While complaining to her that I was having trouble finding a place to live for the interim time, she offered to have me live with her. My immediate response was a definite “no.” We are in our fifties! It would never work!
After some prodding, especially from all four of our girls, I decided to give it a shot.
Now, 35 years after our first apartment in NYC, we are roommates once more. There are some major differences between the first and the second time around.
The most important difference is that this living arrangement is temporary. We are about halfway through and it is going better than I thought. In another month I should be settled in my new home.
I surprise myself when I say that I am happy to have had this experience the second time around.
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