"This looks like a brand new complex!" you say to yourself as you drive down the tree-lined street and admire your newly painted building with white trim and sage green garage door. As you carry your groceries the few steps to your patio gate to unload, and stop to pick a cherry tomato from the raised bed garden to plop in your month, the thought occurs to you that living less than a mile from the freeway now saves you so much time. Wiping your feet, careful not to bring in dirt on the new laminate flooring, You see your preteen through the double door master bedroom entryway engrossed in homework. "Hi Mom!" she says. "I have a surprise......the new washer & dryer is so easy to use that I went ahead and started your laundry, so can I use the new gas stove to help you cook tonight? Your first thought is that you are relieved your husband installed the new ceiling fan after that last cooking fiasco. Now that even the water heater has been replaced, there should be nothing in your way to the perfect evening. As you glance out your kitchen corner windows to view the garden, you feel at peace in this perfect sanctuary of natural light, views of greenery from every room, and the option of privacy with a twist of the blinds as you close them for the evening.
Bernardo YorbaMiddle School