Thursday, April 1, 2010

Green Mountain State

I was told, while still living in Boston 12 years ago, that there were more cows than people in the state of Vermont.  I took this person at their word back then.  It confirmed my worst fears about moving North and at the time I was wallowing and looking to log another reason NOT be excited about moving.   You will not be surprised to learn that 1) I recently googled this myth; and 2) it is NOT true.  You may, however, find it interesting, if not surprising, to know that Vermont does have the largest number of cows in the country and the highest ratio of cows to people.  So it was "not for nothin'" that I moved here worried about how I would fit in.  Fortunately, my worries didn’t trouble me for long.

Today, I spent a very special morning visiting a maple farm with Johnny’s kindergarten class.   It was foggy, muddy, and unseasonably warm.  I took pretty pictures that have me thinking about how much I have come to love Vermont, despite harsh winters and muddy springs.

Vermont taught me that winter is not for hibernating indoors.  Vermonters know how to dress for the cold (if they even notice it).  In January you see as many people strolling downtown outdoors with ice cream cones in hand, as you do in July.  Spring, while cold and muddy, offers real maple syrup.  In March, sap magically begins to pour out of maple trees.  Their sap has enough natural sugar in it to produce syrup just by boiling off the water content!  I have neighbors who tap the Maple trees in their backyards and boil the sap for their very own homemade pancake topping.  How cool is that?  Before Vermont I thought that Aunt Jemima’s swill was syrup, so forgive my awe over what to me is a true natural wonder and a truly superior product.

As I gear up to leave this state, brace yourself.  I may have more to say about the virtues of Vermont.  I really will be sad to go.

It is beautiful here year-round.  Lake Champlain is clean and sparkling and from it sprout the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.  Every road in the Burlington area opens up at some point to shockingly picturesque views of the lake, the mountains, and bucolic hillsides dotted with red barns, silos, and classic farmhouses. 

The pace of life here is relaxed and so are the people.  Interesting people live here.  We recently have become friends with a great couple.  They have three daughters, one of whom is GJ’s best friend.  This husband and wife up and left their life in Manhattan to move their family to the quiet beauty of Vermont.  The husband dramatically quit his job in corporate America.  He removed his necktie that day and put on tie dye.  He has worn tie dye every day since then.  He needs so much tie dye that he has a guy who custom makes his T-shirts for him.  You gotta love that.

You gotta love Vermont.

1 comment:

  1. I am crying. It's not fair that you are moving NOW that we have become friends. Good thing Cape May is close enough to Annapolis! How am I going to tell Emily?