|Cheap but effective tap|
Given that this is a Catholic blog, I suppose I should find a Catholic context. How about this: maple sap is like Grace, it’s freely given, as long as we’re willing to receive it? On the other hand, maybe the sap is like us, as it is refined and purified in a purgatorial process of boiling and cheesecloth. Sometimes it’s so contaminated that it needs to be thrown out, although I once heard a liberal catechist say that we may know that sap can be thrown out, but we don’t know for a fact that any actually has been . . . shoot, I said I was going to stay away from culture war polemics, didn’t I?
|Sap collects in jug less than an hour after it was emptied|
Maple syruping is also a great project for kids. For very little expense you can mount an operation that’s small enough to be manageable, but big enough to be worthwhile (see my earlier post here). It’s a lot of fun, they can learn something about how to run a business, and they can save you the trouble of having to slog through the snow yourself with heavy buckets of sap (“Like arrows in the hand of the warrior, so are the sons of one’s youth; happy the man who has filled his quiver with them” Psalm 127).