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Sweet Spring Traditions

Sunny days in March are extraordinary. The warm, shining sun is a promise of the Spring weather to come and an invitation to explore the landscapes uncovered by melting snow. In Northern Michigan, we are finally experiencing the Spring weather that we deserve. But in my family, the first of the sunny, somewhat warm days means something special: syrup…

 My husband’s family has been tapping trees for as long as they can remember, and with the addition of our daughter this year, we wanted to extend the tradition a generation more. I think the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe” order has given us a unique opportunity to slow down and appreciate our surroundings; by bundling up our four month old and taking her for a walk through our woods—checking sap buckets along the way—I feel that I’m starting her relationship with nature off on the right foot. And, as a family, we’ll always be able to look back on this special time and our “first” of many family traditions.

As the weather continues to get warmer, I’m looking forward to more time to explore our backyard and enjoy my surroundings. I am making a promise to myself that as life begins to speed up again, I will not forget to slow down and enjoy the many “firsts” still to come.


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