I have lived in Westerville for 38 years, in the same house in a lovely neighborhood called Spring Grove.

To the Editor:

I have lived in Westerville for 38 years, in the same house in a lovely neighborhood called Spring Grove. Yesterday, April 26, the beauty of Westerville really struck me and I wrote this note to my family, most of whom lives elsewhere. Then I thought I should send it to you as an expression of appreciation for the great city we have.

Dear Family,

I just had to write to you.

Today was a perfect spring day here in Westerville. I hope it was where you are. The sun is out, the sky is blue, there is no wind, the temperature is in the 60s.

I just drove to the store and that's what made me write to you as soon as I got home. Living in Westerville is like living inside a park. Nature is showing off right now. The trees are filled with white, pink, purple and yellow flowers, the grass is very green, there are tulips and daffodils everywhere you go. Driving to the store you see dads outside cutting the grass, little girls doing cartwheels and boys dribbling their basketballs on the sidewalks. People are out jogging or just talking to neighbors. The frozen yogurt shop is crowded with people sitting outside.

We have large ponds all over and they have geese or ducks around. You see little children with their fishing rods and their instructor fathers; you see moms and dads playing tennis nearby with their children. Then there are the basketball courts everywhere you go, filled with the teens of the neighborhood, shooting baskets. You see people walking their dogs and reading texts at the same time.

We have people of all nationalities and colors living in Westerville, enriching the beauty that nature is providing us.

Everyone wants the same thing: a peaceful community to come home to after a hard day's work doing so many varied things.

It's a real gift to be surrounded by people who want to live in peace and do all they can to make it happen: love and raise their children; work hard at work and home; appreciate and want to preserve the peace they have; stand ready to help their neighbor whenever needed. I am so grateful.

I hope and pray you have had a beautiful day and evening. And I hope it will always be so.

Rachel Muha