Ah, serendipity! That sweet rhapsody of chance that teases and taunts with maddening urgency.
“Take it or leave it, NOW!”
Lunch would have to wait! Because it was summer; because the kids were feeling hot and bothered and bored with Colonel McCormick’s vast estate; because what’s summer without a few magic moments to really seal the deal when it comes to making memories.
The Colonel was one Robert R. McCormick, Yale graduate, class of 1903, owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune in the 1920s, Cantigny his country estate in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton. Named after the French village of Cantigny where the Colonel had seen action during World War I as Commander, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, his country estate was now public space (all 500 acres) devoted to promoting the beauty, enjoyment and education of horticulture, as well as protecting the natural environment.
But I digress.
Cantigny – summer day – serendipity!
What’s a garden without a water feature?
The moment, a summer classic as beautiful as it was delightful, as unexpected as it was perfect, demanded immediate action.
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