Maine real estate agents, brokers, REALTORS peddle more than property listings.
The small Maine towns that dot the vast state in the upper right hand corner of the country are proud of their heritage.
What happens there in the day to day life of the villages, burgs, settlements.
Because Maine is a whopping 108 small towns, a handful of cities we come under the heading rural for sure.
Tiny but David sling slot proud in comparison to the rest of the nation's sprawling urban population centers.
Simple, unspoiled quality of life with four seasons natural surroundings is the song sung in small Maine towns.
Home made, hand crafted with love. Not machined in a factory, casually plucked off the store shelf bought.
Everyone who lives in one has a distinct community role.
What makes a small Maine town great? Often it is the laundry list of what everyone wants. A safe beautiful place with space. A low cost of living, friendly industrious God fearing people and lots of outdoor recreational options.
A drop dead gorgeous setting without a zillion people shoulder to shoulder.
Packed like sardines. Instead a community that cares for each other, is tightly connected.
Not eyes down, don't get involved stand offish unapproachable.
But one not forced to waste time, life in traffic. That instead wears a smile, waves, makes eye contact.
Holds doors open for others they don't know. Yet.
To weather economic storms, to adjust to change good or bad.
To preserve small Maine town way of life for everyone from toddlers to those hunched over, gray and needing walkers.
And the in between that live, work and play in this rural place they are proud to call home.
But take away the historic buildings, the pretty scenery you look at all around you in a small Maine town day to day and it boils down to the attitude of the people who live there.
On how memorable it is for the residents, tourists. No town is perfect, even Oz with its visits from a broomstick side saddled green wart faced witch and her flying monkeys knew that. But the people who hail from that small Maine town. What are they made of, how were they shaped growing up, being raised in the small Maine town?
Rich does not only define the number of zero places in your bank account, the value of your stock, real estate portfolio.
In starts, ends in your heart, down in your soul.
Small town Maine rich means grateful, content, involved.
Independent, patriotic, responsible for our own actions whether it's mistakes or successes lessons learned.
But always happy to lend a hand. Because in small Maine towns, when you look over your shoulder, there is not a long line.
No loud speaker reminding who is now being served. Instructing to herd in little cattle. Take a number and have a seat, wait for your turn.
You're always up. In the game, playing full tilt.
Fire in your belly passionate about all the things, events, happenings in your Maine small town.
Wearing a number for life until its retired when you die.
But when alive in the starting lineup, out on the floor, field, ice in the small Maine town.
Because the population is thin, sparse, spread out. "If it is to be it is up to me" a constant reminder loop echoing in our heart and head.
So you step up, pitch in, make it better because you live in a small rural Maine town. Where awareness of what is important shines through. Instilled in the kids. Where sleeves get rolled up, no one is afraid of getting dirty and let's get to work happens. Everyday.
Today the focus is on Veterans Day in our own small personal home town way. Each story, remembrance is private, special, unique. Thank a soldier, remind him or her you truely believe everyday is Veterans Day.