As Sam prepares to go to college, lately we’ve been noticing little moments when it hits us that he won’t be with us as much next year and beyond. First day of school photographs, picking pumpkins, trick or treating on Halloween, and chopping down the tree for Christmas are all times we have treasured and are going to miss.
Even though he will hopefully be no further than somewhere in New England when he leaves home for college, he likely won’t be joining us on many of those family traditions any more for at least a couple of years. Maybe he won’t be too far away and he can hurry home for the weekend, or maybe we can visit him and continue some of those traditions wherever he is?
As we always do the weekend after Thanksgiving, we journeyed out to Piper Mountain in search of a tree. We love wandering over the hillside debating the merits of every other tree, and it has been a tradition of ours now for quite some time. We always gave Sam the responsibility of actually choosing our tree, and ever since he was old enough to be trusted with a sharp saw he has also been responsible for actually chopping the tree down.
Sampling the hot cider and doughnuts inside the Piper Mountain store, choosing a tree ornament to be wrapped as a present, and struggling to secure the tree to the top of the car are all traditions that Jack has really started to appreciate. Last weekend it was touching to hear Sam tell Jack that he was now going to be the one who decided which tree came home with us, and that he was going to have to cut the tree down next year. Oh how fast they grow up!