Thursday, April 23, 2009

With whom do you "share" your home?

The Wall Street Journal article this morning on the apparent suicide of Freddie Mac's CFO begins with the following statement:

Authorities recovered the body Wednesday of Freddie Mac's acting chief financial officer after an apparent suicide in the home he shared with his wife and young daughter.

Later, the article states:

Fairfax County police, responding to a 911 call at 4:48 a.m., found Mr. Kellermann's body in the basement of the home he shared with his wife, Donna, and 6-year-old daughter, Grace, in the Hunter Mill Estates subdivision in a Washington, D.C., suburb.

What is this "shared" nonsense? I've shared places with roommates; I live in this house with my family.

I know it's a sad and possible sordid story here, but this "sharing" thing really jumped out at me. It makes it sound like he was sleeping on the couch or in the guest room or something.


  1. Maybe, in the reporter's eyes, the house was unusually small by CFO standards (say, less than 10,000 square feet) and didn't have the usual his-and-her wings that career men and their distant wives usually retreat to, alone. Maybe the reporter thought the family was so thrown together, living right on top of each other, that they - egad - had to SHARE.