You may think this post will connect in some way with CS Lewis. There are a number of “surprised by” titles in Amazon, including, at the top of the lists, Lewis’s own “Surprised by Joy.” In other titles we find authors surprised by Hope, by Oxford, Motherhood, Christ, Sin, Forever, Laughter, Healing, Truth and other wonders. So I’m following a Lewisian established tradition with this entry’s title.
I do consider Maine a very surprising state—whether as being or place. I leave these as imaginative suggestions. A surprising thing happened on our road Tuesday, three days before Christmas. I won’t say what it was. Or I will say that it was out of the traditional character of Maine.