Have you heard that expression? I learned of it in the early 2000’s, and it resonated with me.
According to an article about the third place in the Perfect Daily Grind,
… an informal public gathering place that serves the community …
While home (the first place) is private and work (the second place) offers a structured social experience, third places are more relaxed public environments where people can meet and interact in a range of different ways.
Note, community, public environment, and relaxed. A place to get together with others. No participant has to host or clean up.
There are the taverns/bars, think Cheers. And the coffeehouses.
The article brought up some interesting points to consider, especially as we emerge out of COVID-19. During COVID, home and work started to blend together, and I think most of us have been sorely missing that third place.
Here’s a Swedish term I recently learned of: fika. Norwegian hubby didn’t know it either. When I described it, he said Norwegians would probably call it kaffepause (coffee break). From this Perfect Daily Grind article, fika seems a bit more than just a coffee break, though. The Danish term hygge comes to mind, too. I found this interesting article on hygge in The New Yorker from December 2016, with interesting social commentary about Scandinavians and Americans.
Pour yourself a cup of Bea’s Knees, get yourself into a hygge state of mind, and read these articles. Then another day, chat about it with your buddies you meet at the cafe, your third place.
5 thoughts on “What is your “third place?””
What if you don’t work…..Is the 3rd place really the 2nd place?
Hmmm … good question! We’ll throw that question out to the peanut gallery …
Found this in Q&A with Ray Oldenburg, the sociologist who popularized the concept of “third place.” Ray Oldenburg has identified 10 important functions of great, good places. Number 8: Enhanced Retirement.
The need to “get out of the house” after retirement can be met daily if there is a nearby third place.” https://www.steelcase.com/eu-en/research/articles/topics/design-q-a/q-ray-oldenburg/
Love this post – many thanks Sharlene. Hugs to you and your hubby!
Gee, Sharlene Gee, I am enjoying your blog! Looking forward to having my first cup of Bea’s Knees.