I'm a little late in starting the Slice of Life project this March because I spent a few days away from my 'normal' life. I went to Lannon, Wi. to participate in an accreditation process. It was a delightful 3 days of hard work away from the daily 'grind'.
I had the foresight to schedule a field trip on the day of my return, so we headed to Hawthorne Hollow to learn how maple trees are tapped. It was a beautiful, sunny, crisp day crunching through the sugar snow. We actually tapped a tree and the children were invited to put their mouth right under the spile and taste the sap. This was a moment they probably will never forget.
On the homefront, everyone is home from their adventures: Colin was in Tuscon, AZ and Tris was on choir tour in Colorado. It is good to have them around and get their viewpoints on everything.
I am struggling with the process of grieving for my parents as they age. From week to week I see them decline and it is heartbreaking. I never dreamed I would be grieving for them before they pass on. It is not something you can ever prepare yourself for...