Winters are long here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the arrival of spring can never come soon enough. We eagerly await the first sounds of the season and the bright burst of flowers that let us know warmer temperatures are on their way.
When we were boys, one unmistakable sign that spring was finally here was when our mother would change out our flannel winter sheets with cool, crisp summer sheets. She would wash the new sheets in the back room of our house and then hang them through a tiny window on a line that stretched high above the ground to a tall maple tree. The sheets would dry in the fresh air and become filled with the sweet scent of spring.
It’s hard enough to get young boys who love to run wild to go to sleep, and even harder when their sheets smell like the spring meadows. With the sound of peepers (small tree frogs) filling the night air and all three of us boys tucked snugly into our beds, we finally were still. Time itself stands still in that memory; for those were some of the happiest times of our lives.
Now, as we grow older, we’re grateful to have memories that allow us to realize how the simple experiences in life can have such strong connections. At The Vermont Country Store, we hope to offer you goods and wares, and a shopping experience that will do just the same for you.
for the Orton Family,
Proprietors of The Vermont Country Store