I’ve always maintained that you never need more than seven friends in life, and have stuck to that mantra rigidly, but now I’m suffering because many of them are going off and doing their own thing, leaving me a lonely boy indeed.
I should have forced them into a pact. I should have forced them to live with me years ago so we’d never be apart.
Sadly, it looks like I missed a trick, but not like this next group of gal pals who decided to fork out £460,000 (4 million yuan) to renovate a home to live in until their old age.
What started as a joke lead to the group of seven women buying their dream property in the suburbs of Guangzhou, south eastern Guangdong province in China together, to renovate it into their retirement home, refurbishing the abode with a huge kitchen complete with a tea pavilion and a swimming pool.
Speaking to Yitiao one of the women, Jin Du said: “At first it was just a joke. We said we would get together when we were 60 and live retired life together.”
Living with your mates into your old age. What a laugh that would be. Either that or you’d end up murdering everyone. One of the two.
The group of friends have known each other for 20 years and decided in 2008 that they would love to live together one day when they hit retirement age and their kids had grown up and moved out.
That’s when they’ll be moving into their swanky pad to see out the rest of their days, where they’ll drink tea until the proverbial cows come home.
“We’ll cook, have barbecues in the fields, sing and collect food from the village,” she added.
The friends have all made a pact to one another to each master a skill that would be useful to their lives in retirement, like cooking, traditional Chinese medicine, growing vegetables and playing music.
Jin said: “We’re all independent individuals but we can communicate and rely on each other at the same time.
Ten years later our children would have all grown up. So we hope we can be together again in 10 years.”
I’m not sure what their other halves will have to say about this but it doesn’t sound like they get much say in the matter.
Still, this had got to be the dream right? Beautiful stuff.
Images via Yītiáo/YouTube
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.