Saturday, January 30, 2016

Unfriendly villagers


In Maine the summer people are said to be "from away".  They are rarely accepted as full members of the community no matter how many summers they spend there or even if they eventually decide to stay year round. Their wants and needs are so different from the locals' that I have no trouble understanding such an attitude. For one thing, they can move on if they get fed up. Most locals do not have the means to do that and so must stick out the poor local economy, bad weather, and limited opportunities.


It's not clear to me why a newcomer would expect to be embraced and included. There is something to be said for biding one's time and observing quietly before making any suggestions, no matter how helpful. Good advice for new vicars, headmasters and neighbors.

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