This morning, my daughter Chloe and I were enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Lakeview Restaurant in Trenton, Missouri. As we walked in for our usual table (Chloe is 6 years old and has eaten here over 400 times in her young life already) I could see the gentleman we had visited with the previous morning; he was seated next to “our” table.
We greeted each other, and then, Bob got out his cell phone to show Chloe a picture of his massive Rottweiler “Nacho”. Bob had told me the day before that he was a salesman, and would be in Trenton a few more days before moving on to Wisconsin, but not before taking in a Kansas City Chiefs football game on Sunday.
In between sips of what I’ve come to refer to as the “World’s Best Coffee”, Bob and I chatted about the marvelous fishing in Florida. My mother-in-law lived in Fort Meyers, Florida, and I had once enjoyed the coastal waters that Bob has access to most days of the year. As I looked outside at the dreary, rainy, and very cool for October weather, it was easy to envy Bob’s home location as he proudly stated “It’s going to be 91 degrees in St.Augustine, Florida today!”
Suddenly, Bob shifted to another topic. He said “You know, this may sound liked B.S., but I travel a great deal, and the people here in Trenton are some of the nicest, warmest and most hospitable people I’ve ever met!” I looked across the table at my daughter; she had an all-telling grin on her face. One that said “I know; this is my home. It IS a nice place to live.”
I’ve heard the same from others who have stopped to visit Trenton. I travel a great deal myself; I have presented in nearly 70 different cities across the United States this year already. I do love to travel, and don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly exciting places, and breathtaking sights out there…things that can’t be experienced here in Trenton, Missouri. However, the one thing that is never “topped” and seldom rivaled, is the openness and willingness to start a conversation, or to lend a helping hand, that you find in Trenton, Missouri.
The downside to Trenton? You get close to, and make friends with many, many people. If you live here long, attending the funeral of a friend who has passed, experiencing the sadness of a personal loss becomes common place.
The upside to Trenton? You get close to, and make friends with many, many people. If you live here long enough, you’ll attend many funerals, and have an abundance of opportunities to reflect on how lucky you are to have so many close and trusted friends, and live in such a close knit community.