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  • It would be nice if sugar maples produced syrup directly from the tree. It really would.

    But it is the process that we enjoy: Side by side with my wife, tapping each of the trees, knowing which ones would be the most productive, which the least. Hauling the sap, 40 pounds on each side, while trudging (most years) through snow. Watching over the hypnotic boil which lasts for hours and hours. Splitting wood, feeding the fire. Hauling more sap. Having visitors exchanging opinions and stories and secrets. Seeing the nighttime creatures. Embracing the silence of solitude. Even the cleanup, removing the taps, scrubbing the buckets, stacking them upside down on a tarp in the sun, knowing that you are finished.

    This is what we enjoy.

    But having this to show for it, is all the sweeter.

    Thanks for stopping by, for listening.
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