We’ve always enjoyed our garden as an extra room in our house during the summer months but this pandemic year it has become an essential space for our well-being. As the city and the country closed down our backyard opened up. Our planting began in early April and by May it was in bloom  — rosebushes, hibiscus, hydrangea, vines and a vegetable garden with lettuce and tomatoes. It’s been our place for morning coffee, afternoon rests and evening celebrations. We wave to neighbors passing by, prepare meals on the grill and read the Sunday New York Times. We realize that we are fortunate and have the inner and outer resources to be able to make it through the days in front of us.  We are also fortunate to be part of a strong community and we happily share the many vegetables that our patch of land in the Bandi Schaum garden produces. Throughout this difficult time we know that there are many other gardens on the South Side that have become people’s sanctuaries from the storm.

Liz and Robert

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