I find myself in a reflective state of mind on this foggy, rainy morning and for some reason it got me thinking back to when and why I first started sharing these “hugs from Maine” with you.
In that spirit, I am re-sharing the very first one with you, and in so doing I am renewing the purpose in my heart back in early 2020 when it was clear that a deadly new virus was loose in a suddenly scarier world.
Despite very mixed messaging from certain sources, it was obvious that this was terribly serious and, clearly, a great many people were going to die. I had no idea of the extent to which the world would be impacted but I simply thought that any little rays of light, comfort and hope would be welcome in the darkness that was then just beginning to encroach.
So, my friends, here’s Images From Maine #1, sent on March 23, 2020. In the three and a half years since then I have sent 162 of these your way and with all my heart I allow that I have gotten so much more out of these than I have put into them.
The collective kindnesses, messages, caring, and, yes, love you have sent back to us has been an extraordinary and unexpected return on all that has gone into these little missives. I will never be able to fully express our gratitude. I deeply regret that I cannot possibly respond to every one of your notes, but please, please, please know that I read every one of them and they truly do mean more to me/us than you might imagine. COVID is now largely under control but other virulent forms of darkness stalk the land and I intend to keep these coming. They leaven my heart as I hope they do yours.
All for now…thank you, thank you one and all,
First sent on March 23, 2020
In this time of unique challenge, we would like to share images of Maine with you in the hope that they bring some sense of peace, beauty, and continuity. We hope you will enjoy the additional tastes of Maine that will follow in the weeks ahead.
Please take very good care of yourselves and those in your family and community.
We hope we will see you again before too long…meanwhile, stay in touch!
with our best wishes,
Peter and Terri
p.s. Three of these images are new and the other, well, we can never have enough hope, right?