Celebrating Gardens: Seattle’s Japanese Garden

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My husband and I lived in the Seattle area for 24 years, but it wasn’t until just before we moved away that we finally visited the Seattle Japanese Garden. We’d driven past it many times, but never found the right time to stop, so we decided it was one necessary visit before we left town. So at the end of the day on my husband’s last day of work before retirement, before we met friends for dinner, we stopped at the Japanese Garden. In retrospect, it was a wonderful place to celebrate our retirement. It was like a place apart — apart from the rush of our work days, our careers, and a place apart from crowds and from our every day life. As we walked through the garden, we could feel ourselves slowing down, calming down, letting go of the stress, just enjoying the incredible beauty. A perfect transition to our newly-retired life…

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