No billboards, no shopping – Happy Thanksgiving.

People who are lucky enough to live in Maine have many things to be thankful for. Take just a minute today and look around.

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We have clean, fresh air and beautiful views from every region of the state. Caring and kind people fill the small cities and towns throughout the state. On a personal note, teachers in our classrooms continually try to find ways to help improve the lives of the students they see each day.

Mainers, for the most part, are a stoic, self-reliant, and hardy group of people who simply look to improve their little corner of the world. With a long tradition of stewardship, Mainers seem to intuitively understand our relationship with the land, the mountains, and the sea.

Today, as I sit and think about my family, Thanksgiving, and the stories that will come later today, I’m glad this is my home.

Yes, I now realize I haven’t talked about the title of my blog post, but here’s the deal (as I sometimes say in the class room), I almost don’t have to.

Today is a day where you are supposed to rest, take a breath, and think about those that mean the most to you. I could be wrong, it’s not about rushing to the store to buy a TV or computer and saving a some money.

There’s enough time for that already. So, from a transplant from Plymouth, Massachusetts, have a great day and enjoy the cold weather. I think it’s here to stay.

David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. As a teacher and writer who’s seen more than half a century of life, I’m astonished by the people I now call neighbors and friends.