You gotta tap that!

Tonight as I was putting the boys to bed, I prayed, “Thank you, God, for letting my boys tap a maple tree.”

“You’re still jealous of us, right Mom?” asked Ezra.

I don’t think I was jealous of my 6 and 8 year old sons.  I think I was just psyched that they had so much fun, learned so much, and came home from their naturalist class all fired up about tapping trees.  Really, I begrudge them nothing.

So on the way home, when they begged me to let them tap some more trees in our neighborhood, I considered it.  “You really want to make some syrup, huh?” I asked.

“No.  Not really,” answered Zach. “We did a taste experiment and the syrup from IHOP was better.  Did you know that it’s made out of corn?  I think the corn syrup is better.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him that Mommy has very bad feelings about the corn lobby and that Daddy is a syrup snob, and that we will never have the good corn-syrup syrup in our house, the kind I grew up with and still prefer.  Our home, sweet, home is and will forever be of the maple variety.

So, yes Ez, maybe I am jealous.  But it’s not of those who tap maple trees, but rather those who get to tap the delicious Boysenberry Syrup at the IHOP.

About Tara Edelschick

Right now, Tara is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. She is sleeping more, and exercising and flossing every day for the first time in her life. She is enjoying her husband, her boys, and Nafisa (the daughter she never had) more than she ever has. And she is learning to rest in the arms of the one who doesn't rank you based on how many things you can cross off your list at the end of the day. Follow her on Twitter@TaraWonders.

  • Ann Boyd

    I know everyone has syrup preferences, but let me just make a plug here for Grade B pure maple syrup. Definitely yummier than Grade A, in my opinion, and it might help with your Aunt Jemima cravings.