When a young, good-looking LA-based actor invited his dying elderly neighbor to live out her final days with him, he didn't exactly think through what would happen if he wanted to bring a date home. Last year, 31-year-old Chris Salvatore came to the aid of 89-year-old Norma Cook, who has lived in the apartment across the hall for decades.
When a doctor recommended she go on hospice care, Norma faced moving out of her home into an unfamiliar environment, until Chris offered to take care of her.
I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life.
I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.
The two friends met more than 15 years ago when, says Penny, "we were both coming out of long, difficult marriages.
After that, we spent so much time with each other that we'd often talk about moving in together as housemates.
An old German proverb goes something like this: "Two cats and one mouse, two women in one house, two dogs to one bone, will not agree long." Well, we can't speak for cats, dogs, and mice, but these days more and more women are living two, three, and sometimes more to a house.
And they're agreeing on everything from how to split the electric bill to who gets use of the kitchen on Saturday night.
Chris added that the transition has gone smoothly, even if he did have to rearrange his apartment.
But Chris is young and quite good-looking — so it seems like it's only a matter of time before he wants to bring a guy home after a date.
They haven't yet had to face that reality — or the possibility of Norma bringing a man home, for that matter.'That would be fun,' she said on the show. Chris said all of his friends love Norma, and at least one of Norma's friends seems to approve of Chris.
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