As we anticipate the many events that the Village and our other governmental partners have planned for this summer, it occurs to me that the seasons of the year play a major role in shaping our attitudes, our moods, and our interactions.
The cold grip of this past winter and the unpredictability of this spring’s weather isolated us from each other. The social interactions that are so essential in maintaining a focus on “community” were limited; in many cases, our awareness of the importance of socialization in maintaining a strong, viable community spirit was lessened.
For many, like myself, cabin fever set in as we eagerly awaited the sunshine and warmth that we knew summer would bring.
Well, summer is here along with its warmth and opportunities for growth! Yes, it signals the beginning of road repairs, building projects, and new construction. More importantly, though, it brings the opportunity to again come together and celebrate our Village and to discover the advantages available to its residents.
It’s time to explore the many outdoor dining options our restaurants offer … to leisurely stroll on the many walking paths that line our parks … or perhaps enjoy a mini golf experience at Putters’ Peak.
It’s also an opportunity to expand our understanding of “community” and make a new friend or two by attending or participating in the picnics, sporting events, parades, fests, and other community gatherings like Rock ‘N Wheels that are available to all of our residents.
Let’s come together this summer. Let’s explore new opportunities. Let’s enjoy our friends and families. Let’s make new friends. Let’s celebrate our community and the Addison Advantage!
As we transition into a new season, I recall having to memorize a poem about spring for a literature course.
Spring comes up again the same.
Spring comes up again the same.
Spring comes up again the same each year, but different.
At first, the poem made no sense to me. How could anything be the same but different? But then I realized that we often tend to look at things on a macro level, and fail to notice the small, subtle changes.
We expect to see blue skies, feel the warmer breezes, hear the chirping of birds “the same again” every spring. But each spring also brings about different opportunities as well as challenges. What repairs do I need to make after a long harsh Winter? How much practice do I need to improve my golf score? What can I do to improve the quality of life for my family and my community? Each year, the questions and answers may “come up again, but different.”
On April 4 you have the opportunity to determine what answers will be given to the questions that deal with the quality of life in our community and ultimately determine the future direction of Addison.
The 2023 Consolidated election gives you the opportunity to impact what subtle changes may, or may not occur in our election of Municipal, Park District, Library District, School District and Fire District officials.
While we can’t control the weather or the seasons, we can control the future of our community. Please help shape that future by voting either on April 4, or by early voting, or by voting by mail. Whichever way you choose, know that your vote is critical in helping to define the Addison Advantage.
See you at the polls!
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