Maintaining masculinity through driving

”Sometimes I get my neighbor, Carl, to drive me if I’m going somewhere that’s hard to reach with public transportation. He often doesn’t want money, but I don’t like if friends are doing me favors without getting anything in return. I’m good at knitting, so last month when I was going to the airport and it was a bit tricky to take public transportation with my large suitcase, I offered Carl a pair of home-knitted socks if he drove me there. He was happy to do that”. (Joan, 75 years old, project Senior:Interaction).
Joan uses her knitting skills as a way to offer Carl something in return for the favor he does her. Joan has found a way to return favors with something she is good at, and in this case without disrespecting Carl’s wish of not receiving any money.

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