Columnist Amanda Lehrman found the book The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant at her local Belleville, NJ library. In reading it, she made the connection to her memories of summers in Maine. Time spent with her family, enjoying the beauty of the area in a home that was once a summer camp they call The Sanctuary.
Lehrman writes, “My aunt told me a story this year that sums up The Sanctuary and The Relatives Came. While out at a restaurant near the house, Jack’s 4-year-old cousin turned to his father and said, ‘Can we go back to Maine?‘ He meant go back to The Sanctuary, but it really meant so much more. When ‘Maine’ means spending time together at a family house, playing sports and swimming, leaving only for a quick trip for a lobster roll, ice cream cone or to the local craft store, that sounds like my kind of ‘Maine.'”
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