Every September I breathe in the crisp fall air with a sense of anticipation that new experiences and new friends are in my future. Rooted firmly in my years as a student, I still have that “back to school” feeling every fall.

I had a wonderful summer with my family that includes four grandchildren—vacationing and living the wonderful life that Naperville has to offer. The gardens in our neighborhoods and public areas are so beautiful and well-kept that they provide teachable moments for my local grandsons, Wyatt (5) and Weston (3), such as, “Aren’t the hydrangeas gorgeous? Grandma has white ones at her house. Let’s look for others on our way home!”

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