27 April 2005

Welcome to The Way Life Should Be!

It seems redundant and boring to call Maine a beautiful state. Those who have been here already know its beauty. Those who have only heard about Maine are well aware of the legendary scenery. But it is more than just the rugged beauty of the coastline, the ancient forested mountains and the lighthouses, blueberries, moose and lobster. Maine is all that.

Yet more importantly, Maine is a lifestyle. It is relaxed, yet hard-working. Friendly, yet guarded. Gorgeous, yet unforgiving. Simple, yet complex.

The people of Maine are what makes it tick. Mainers are a tough breed who live with the ebb and flow of the seasons and have a strong work ethic. Each season has its work and its recreation, and they take advantage of all it has to offer. Mainers do not take their heritage lightly, nor do they extend it to outsiders. A Mainer is not a true native Mainer unless he is 3rd generation born in Maine. Outsiders are welcome and even loved and trusted; but they never become family.

Mainers love their small towns and do not wish them to grow. They have all the modern conveniences without the traffic and pollution that accompanies them. They might have less malls and a few less sports cars than the big cities and well-populated states, but they know the value of a reliable old pick-up truck and the comfort of having everyone at the local convenience store know you by your first name.

I love Maine. I will never be a Mainer, nor will my children, nor my grandchildren... but there is hope for my great-grandchildren. But I have claimed Maine as my own. I may not belong to it, but it belongs to me and for me, it is the way life should be.

Copyright © 2005 - Paulla Estes

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Paulla,I was born and raised here in this great state..1965 was my birth date, and that was in the brunswick hospital. I now live up river from there. I enjoy seeing where you have been, I have been to all the places you have. I don`t feel any more of a Mainer then you do... Enjoy the time you spend here, life is short and you are in the right place at the right time...Thanks for your writings...:)

Mike Boyd said...

Paulla,

I've been a fan of your blog for some time now and have recently begun reading some of your original posts.

Though I have never lived in Maine, I have deep roots there. My Grandfathers family settled in Maine in 1750 in and around Boothbay. Grandpa left Maine as a young man in the 1920's to work the farms of Long Island and so began our "New York" line. My family and I are currently living in Georgia, but we hope to relocate to Vermont or Maine in the next year or so.

For me, moving to Maine would be a bit like returning home to the land of my ancestors, to a land my Grandfather loved and spoke of til his death.

Thanks for your posts. I do enjoy them.

Paulla said...

Mike, thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you do get to come back north - as you know, there's no place like it.