Delicate Flowers

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For me, much of this summer has been centered around helping and watching our two daughters grow into big strong girls. These "delicate flowers" prefer their feet in the dirt and faces in the sunshine. Mom is a great role model and they have spent time at Sugarbush adventure camps learning new skills from the women coaches. Even at only 3 and 5 years old, they are tough and capable in ways that continue to amaze us. 

Mom is a roll model too. 

Sure, there are meltdowns and tantrums, but many adults still have them, so we try to keep the challenges in perspective. The flip side is made even sweeter when they put their heads down and charge past old limits with gleeful grins yelling "I did it!" Yes, you uplifted our souls yet again with seemingly simple joys. 

August trail treasures. 

This isn't really about the kids though, they are just the lenses that helped bring focus, it is about honoring powerful women of all ages. From our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and cousins to co-workers, friends and spouses, we wouldn't be here without them. 

Pink power. 

My wife is celebrating a milestone birthday this month, my mom passed a big birthday earlier this year too and the kids are both starting new schools in a week or so. Noting the passage of time and the preciousness of each moment is often hard in the present and way too easy once past. Just as the seasons must change, all flowers fade, no matter how strong.  

Queen Anne's Lace framing the Damsels in the Dirt last Friday. 

Thankfully, we still have some more time to enjoy this summer's blossoms, although the recent cool nights are a sure sign of change. We don't want to rush it, but we're about a month from autumn's official beginning, about 2 months from our first mountain snow and under a 100 days from the start of snowmaking. 

Coach Ali leading the damsels down Grandstand. 

Queens of the Quad. 

Junior Golf Camp girl power. 

The Bitter Pill Adventure race was last weekend at Mt. Ellen. We suggest following the one with the compass and map. 

Winter preparations continue ... the Village Quad parts are on site and the new base terminal area is in progress. 

Late summer sunset. The light is fading.

As we finish out summer in the Mad River Valley, remember to honor the women and girls in our lives, the delicate flowers who are tougher than they look and stronger than we often give them credit for. Time is always short, better seize the season.


John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange