May 22, 2013
I have called Maine home since 1977.
My parents, both Maine natives, wanted their children to know their extended family.
Having been born in Vermont during my father's final year of medical school, I spent my early years near the Navy bases in Virginia and Florida where my dad completed his family medicine training.
When my parents suggested that we would be moving north, I was intrigued.
A January baby, I had experienced snow on my birthday only once, during a freak Jacksonville storm.
I wanted to enjoy winter white, so I readily agreed to our family's journey back to the 'motherland.'
In retrospect, this may have been short-sighted. Snow I have since seen, aplenty.
Maine winters begin to seem pretty long by March.
What I could not have known as a Florida first-grader was that Maine would become my home indefinitely.
Or that it would ultimately become a home of choice, rather than destiny.
Maine is a complicated, often cantankerous state.
It is not for the faint of heart.
In addition to endless winters, we have our share of poverty and social woes.
But we who live here also have an accepting and indomitable spirit.
We know what we have gotten ourselves into, and we accept equally the challenges and the rewards.
We relish the intensity of the short Maine summers, and the beauty inherent in the landscape year round.
We understand our good fortune.
I came to Maine in 1977. I have travelled and lived elsewhere.
But I chose to live in this great state.
Maine is, and will always be, my home
Join our Dr. Lisa Radio Hour "Home in Maine" discussion this Sunday with Chris Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty & Mike LePage, Agent, RE/Max Heritage; Lisa Medina, Event Manager, Tour de Cure Kennebunks, and Kennebunkport homeowner Rick Taranto.