Monday, August 11, 2008


Auntie Lee commented that what she likes best about Maine are the people. I think that's what I like best too, at least one of the things I like best. You never have to wonder where you're at with a Mainer. They're pretty straight shooters. No one feels the need to put on a nice act. In Sunday school here I heard the phrase "friggin liberals." You would never hear that in my Minneapolis ward. Partly because most people in that ward are liberals and would probably choose another modifier to describe themselves. And partly because Minnesotans don't say things like that in Sunday school. It isn't polite. In Maine it isn't polite to not say what you're thinking. I mean, within reason. In Maine people are genuinely friendly and don't need to put on an act.

This probably sounds so full of it. I don't mean to be down on Minnesota or any other state or to suggest that Maine people are superior to those of other states. I just like Mainers. That's all. I like how independent they are and down to earth. I like how they don't feel they need to impress people. I like the things they talk about. I like the accent in which they say those things.

The kids have decided they want to move here. Marcus wants to get a house with a big pond full of frogs and a large field for target practice. My dad has been shooting with the kids. Bernie shot a 22. They are becoming so un-pc.


Ballerina Girl said...

sounds like you all are having fun...that is what is the best!
I feel the same way about Venezuela... minus my true family, they were my second family...I so felt "at home"
continue to enjoy!

Mama Ava said...

I, too, stray into un-pc territory with my kids and guns. Once, at a mom's group I made the mistake of saying that I let my oldest shoot guns when we were in Montana (my sister actually has guns sized for an 8 year old). I thought I was going to be stoned out of the room. FINALLY, a dad (who proudly covered his car with more conservative bumperstickers) came to my rescue and said that the people who were brave and patriotic enough to defend this country are the young boys and girls who very well may have been allowed to learn how to handle guns in a responsible manner.

It quieted everyone down, but I didn't get a lot of playdate invites after that one. hee hee

You have commented a lot on your blog about the hyper-pc of Minnesota and I completely agree. It goes far beyond "Minnesota nice" and often feels like you have to walk on eggshells whenever you speak. Not one of my favorite attributes of my home state.

Auntie Lee said...

I don't understand the Americans need to politicize and put people into small groups.
In some ways I am a liberal and in others I am a conservative. I want my daughter to be well educated and independent thinking which makes me a feminist, I do not feel that people need to have semi-automatic weapons or hand guns which makes me a liberal but I also let my children shoot hunting rifles in practice which makes me a conservative. It seems to me that Americans have to do everything to such an extreme. Labeling people creates walls, stops communication, separates people from each other and closes peoples minds to other ideas. Oops! Guess that last sentence makes me a liberal.

The think about most Mainers is that they (and I) don't care what anyone thinks about them. For the most part they respect a person even if they disagree with ideas (and label them).

Karen ~ said...

Hee-hee. You wouldn't have written this in Minnesota :-) because you would have been under the Minnesota Nice Rules.

Naah, you would have! You can take the girl out of Maine, and all that.

I wish I could be more Maine-like. I WANT to say what I think but my Minnesota blood is too timid.

Gabriela said...

Mainers sound great! I love it when people speak their mind in church and aren't always worried about what other people will think of what they think. ya know?

Auntie Lee said...

When I married my husband and got to know his family I got along with them but that's it. It has never clicked with me and them except his aunt. Before I met her everyone in his family would say, "Well, she is hard to get along with". Through the years his aunt is the only person in his family I do get along with. We didn't always agree with each other but if I wanted an honest opinion I would ask her. I knew she would be honest give it to me.
She passed on just before Christmas and I find I miss her honesty and straight forward approach. True honesty is hard to find. Speaking your mind is only half of being honest, the other half is listening and respecting others who do not agree with you and being willing to put aside your pride to see another's perspective.
Because I have no longer have anyone within 3000 miles who I can ask an honest opinion of, I feel more alone. It has really made me re-evaluate the definitions of being polite, being honest and the real damage of a so-called 'little white lie', they aren't so little.

ML said...

From what I know Mainers are just like everyone else--good, bad--usually both. Some are opinionated and some aren't. Some worry about political correctness and some don't. Some say what they think up front and some say it behind your back.
The great thing that I have found is that most people everywhere are basically good. Isn't that great?

Auntie lee said...

I thought Mainers were like everyone else also until I came here. They couldn't be any different if they were from Mars.

I do agree that most people in the world are good people. Its the politicians, military and power hungry people that ruin it for the rest. I think the press makes people seem worse then they really are.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Auntie Lee, Mainers are their own breed. After living in the Salt Lake/Provo area for 5 years it was a breath of fresh air to come back to a place that "keeps it real." Don't get me wrong, there ARE good people everywhere, and we all want the same basic human things, but Mainers are wonderfully isolated in many ways. My in laws are charmed and startled by the culture shock.