into the Woods on Mother's Day

For Mother’s Day, I celebrate by going into the woods with Zachary.

My younger son has never been attuned to the day-to-day cycles of school and work that drive most. He is attuned instead to whatever green patch of nature he can find. So I didn’t hesitate when he asked me a few years ago: “What do you want to do for Mother’s Day, Mom?”

“I want you to take me on one of your walks,” I said.

I wanted to meet my nature boy in nature. I wanted to know the stories he had gathered over the years of wandering the Cook…

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