Thursday, February 27, 2014

Why Men's Wisdom Works for Me by Bob Tomasulo

I joined Men's Wisdom Works a little over five years ago with minimal expectations.  I had retired a year earlier and moved to Asheville with my partner.  I was taking classes at OLLI, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, and had made some friends but I was looking for something more.  I was intrigued by the idea of men in similar circumstances getting together to explore the issues and difficulties they faced.  But, I was concerned that an openly gay man might not be accepted in such a group.

Taking a chance I accepted the invitation to join and it has turned out to be the most fulfilling experience of my retirement.  Our group bonds very well and all of us have grown to appreciate our similarities and our differences. We laugh, we cry, and we have a heck of a good time together.

Last year I had heart surgery and the guys in the group rallied around and made sure the experience was as painless as that type of malady can be.  They gave my partner (now my husband) and me the love and support only good friends can, and I have grown to cherish their friendship.  MWW proves to me that one's sexual orientation is no barrier to forming lasting and rewarding relationships among men of a certain age.  Thanks guys!

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