“You come back,” said my new friend Jimmy the snowmobile repairman from Massachusetts, the guy on the next stool yesterday at happy hour. “And you come back.”
He paused. “And you come back.”
Later yesterday evening, as I served soft drinks during the weekly square dance, I met a man who said he had been coming back to the CM Ranch every year since 1988. I didn’t have time to ask why he hasn’t, like so many others, just seen the light and moved in here.
My family first came to the Lazy L&B guest ranch in about 1988. We came back. And we came back. And we came back.
It becomes very difficult to resist coming back, and eventually you ask yourself whether you have to leave at all.
You hear the same story over and over. People come to Dubois and they fall in love … with Dubois.
After all, as Jimmy so eloquently put it, you’re living in a postcard. The scenery is the catch, but that’s only the start of it, as I will explore in future love letters.
So watch out, new visitor Jerry Straussbaugh of Spring Hill, Kansas, who sent the love letter pictured above to the Dubois Frontier a few weeks ago. During a 3-day visit, he wrote, “I was able to pack in a lifetime of adventure. Words can’t express my feeling for your community and region.”
“I don’t think I have ever visited a place where I have felt more immediately welcome,” he concluded.
Come back, Mr. Straussbaugh. Do come back. This is not a dream, and it’s not a postcard.
This is the life.
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© Lois Wingerson 2015