There is just something about the place you grew up in… Something so special, but also all too familiar. You either love it, or you hate it. You can spend years away from it, but somehow something will bring you back. Maybe for a visit, or permanently. I recently reflected on my time here spent in Dallas, and I was blown away how different it is from my “home”. Texas is the polar opposite of Maine, and honestly…in comparison? I miss Maine all too much. There are days I dream of moving home, and days where I couldn’t imagine leaving Dallas. Dallas has some great qualities overall, and I’ve learned and grown so much in my time spent here…but Maine is my home. Today I’m sharing with you all things I miss about living in my home state of Maine, as well as New England as a whole.
Nowhere in the United States compares to fall in New England….challenge me, I dare you. The leaves change, the air gets crisp, and all the fall festivities begin. I live for the days where I can wear an oversized sweater, leggings and tall boots. There are SO many fall festivals in Maine, everything from corn mazes, Apple picking, pumpkin chunkin’ and too many “fairs” to count. When it’s fall, you can finally start to wear warm, cozy clothes and watch the leaves change…it’s beautiful. I love driving through the mountain ranges just to look at leaves.
Swimming, Snowboarding, hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking…the list goes on and on. If you’re not an outdoorsy person, you may not like it in New England. I personally, was raised spending more time outdoors than inside. New England has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities, and I pity those who don’t like to be outside…because if you live in New England, what are you even doing if you’re not outside?!
Of course, I miss my family and friends! I can’t even express that “home” to me, means family/friends and my husband, and of course, New England. They are my home, my people. I miss driving down the road to my dads house if I was having car trouble, just knowing they were there, and could help no matter what the situation.I love the fact that whenever I went to get groceries I would see a familiar face or two…there’s something about being near your people that comforts you, and I miss that.
If you’re broken down on the side of the road in New England, chances are someone WILL stop to help. Growing up, whenever you drive down a road, everyone…and I mean everyone will wave at you, as they do their lawn work, or taking a walk, ect. There’s just something about New England people, we know how to be kind, and lend a hand when needed.
Something I’ve come to appreciate even more since living in Texas, is the seasons. Here in Texas, it’s always hot! The winter isn’t much of a winter here..it rarely ever snows. I miss living in New England because we get to enjoy all four seasons. In Summer, you can swim in any pond, lake, ocean, beach..pretty much wherever and it’s relatively clean and you can see through the water. In Winter, it just feels like “Christmas” time here, with the snow, and the overall beauty of it all. In the fall, it’s absolutely gorgeous, and filled with natural beauty. And then we have spring, where you can go mudding, or simply wear shoes that you don’t want covered in mud. Being able to live where you get to see all four seasons is such a huge blessing.
Driving down the road in Maine, you’re bound to spot some type of wildlife. In New England, you may see Moose, deer, turkey, and many other types of species. There’s just something so peaceful about watching a deer graze on your backyard in the morning. Overall, I just miss being able to see wildlife.
I used to think “home” was the house you grew up in. Home to me, has an entirely different meaning now. To me, home is where my husband is, and home is anywhere in Nature. New England, and Maine specifically is so deeply engrained in the person I am, so home, is also “Maine”. It’s not a house, it’s not exactly a person, but it’s a place. Home for me, is anywhere I can roam freely in the woods in Maine.
Do you currently live in your home state? What do you love about it? What do you miss about it if you’ve moved?! I’d love to hear where you’re from! Let me know in the comments below!