Whenever my daughter or I propose an overseas vacation, my husband always staunchly shakes his head and says, “There’s too many places in the states we haven’t been to.” Today author Joi Copeland shares her travel experiences and how a place she visited was nothing like she’d imagined. And that picture she sent us? Adorable!
What’s the Maine Idea?
by Joi Copeland
I’m starting a new project called Christmas Snowe and Peppermint Cocoa. I love peppermint mochas so whenever I can add a part of my favorite drink to a story, I will! I decided to write this story located in Maine. Camden, Maine, to be exact.
You see, my grandparents are from Maine, and I’ve always been fascinated with this culture. I can remember my grandparents, who are both still alive, talking about “pahking the cah in the pahkway.” I loved hearing them argue, too. It was always, “I would have had dinna ready, deah, if you’d be home when you were supposed to.” Then my grandfather would reply, “Honey…” and on and on their “argument” would go. I never heard them raise their voices to each other. Oh, my Papa is loud, truth be told. When he enters a room, not a soul doubts his presence. But never at each other.
While doing some research on this story, I’ve discovered how fast Mainers, or Mainahs, as they call themselves, speak. They put Californians to shame! And I’m originally from California and can talk pretty quickly. I had to watch a video three or four times to understand what one gentleman was saying. They certainly have different names for words, too. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing research on this fantastic state!
I suppose my “Maine” idea is this: each state has its own charm, its own special characteristics that we don’t realize. I’m from California, and while it is not my favorite state, there are some cities that hold special memories for me. Currently, I live in Colorado. This state owns my heart, to be sure. It’s beautiful, snowy one moment and sunny the next. The mountains take my breath away. Coloradoans have their own way of life, too. I’ve seen people run in the snow just to exercise.
With fifty states to our country, I look forward to exploring as many of them as I can. But I don’t want to stop there. I look forward to seeing the beauty of other countries, too.
This weekend, if you can, take some time to explore a part of your state. And then spend some time dreaming up a vacation you want to take with your family to a different state. Experience the beauty and wonder God created!
Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.
Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow.
Joi’s books include:
Hope for Tomorrow, book 1
Hope for the Journey, book 2
Hope from the Past, book 3
Letters of Love
Christmas Rayne, a novella
Sheriff Bride Rob’s Story, a novella (Paperback is available here.)
Two men fighting for their country.
Two women dealing with tragedy alone.
Two different stories, two different eras, one common thread.
Sophia Philips, a wife and mom, finds herself missing the two most important people in her life. One ripped from her because of war, the other by death.
Sophia’s grandmother, Lucia Snell, gives her an early inheritance; letters written to her by her husband while stationed in China during World War II. Lucia believes these letters will help her granddaughter heal from the heart-wrenching tragedy she faces.
Will Sophia carry the anger, bitterness, and guilt within her or go to the only One who can heal her from the pain? Will she find the strength to carry on and the will to survive through her grandparents’ Letters of Love?
Let’s talk about it: How fun is it to dream of traveling! Have you ever been somewhere that spoke the same language but had a dialect you had trouble understanding? What has been your favorite state you’ve visited? What did you love about it? Do you have any suggestions for places to visit and enjoy God’s creation? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. We can all use getaway ideas!