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Get Out!: Taking Turns 

click to enlarge A local ski hill provides a much-needed refresher - SARAH GALBRAITH
  • Sarah Galbraith
  • A local ski hill provides a much-needed refresher
I am just three months into parenting a toddler — my 15-month-old daughter, Elise — and I'm already tired. So tired that I dream of hiring a babysitter just so I can go into my bedroom, lie on the floor and do nothing for two hours. The idea of simply being very still and quiet seems so luxurious and dreamy. 

But when I needed a pick-me-up on a recent weekend day, I knew the answer wasn't on my bedroom floor, but outside in the ski box on top of my car. Instead of skiing together as a family, which we often do, I knew I needed some kid-free time. 

I suited up, found my ski boots and headed out the door, leaving Elise at home with my partner, Tristan. My destination was my local town forest, where there are miles of trails for cross-country tours and hundreds of acres for back-country exploring, plus an open pasture on a hillside that's perfect for making downhill turns.

At the trailhead, I unloaded my waxless back-country skis, buckled up my boots, stepped into my bindings and glided into the snow. A favorite song was playing in my head and the afternoon sun was casting beautiful, long shadows across the glistening snow. As I skied along, I noticed different animal prints. A coyote's tracks criss-crossed the hill. A raccoon's little paw marks indicated it had climbed down from a tree and wandered out into the open. A round imprint suggested that an animal may have hunkered down for a rest. Perhaps that coyote was a mother taking a break from the tiresome demands of her own toddler-aged pup. I laughed to myself, imagining I shared something in common with a tired mother of another species.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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