Scandinavians, like Americans, enjoy their morning joe, but fika isn't just about helping us wake up. Fika is about bringing people together and strengthening social bonds. Retirement is a great time to host a fika, be it one friend or ten. The key is to carve out time with your best buds. It can be a matter of mental survival.
Tim's aunt said something that resonated with me; “Your friends, not family, are the people who will look out for you.” I interpreted this to mean that his aunt's Florida neighbors had an understood pact they would keep an eye for each other. Now living in this kind of community, I understand what she was talking about.
You get married for better or worse. At twenty-five, that's an easy commitment to make. Signing the paperwork without reading the fine print is normal. You are more concerned about your gown's Chantilly lace than legal matters. Thirty or more years later, the mistake of not reading the conditions outlined in your marriage contract is sitting on the couch watching television from morning to night.