This morning my daughter Chloe and I were having a delicious breakfast at Lakeview restaurant in Trenton, Missouri. When we entered our usual table (Chloe is 6 years old and has eaten here over 400 times in her young life), I could see the gentleman we had visited the previous morning; he was sitting by the table "ours".
We greeted each other, and then Bob picked up his cell phone to show Chloe a picture of his huge Nott Rottweiler. Bob had told me the day before that he was a salesman, and he would be in Trenton a few more days before heading to Wisconsin, but not before watching a Kansas City Chiefs football game on Sunday.
In between sips of what I call "Best Coffee in the World," Bob and I chatted about wonderful fishing in Florida. My mother-in-law lived in Fort Meyers, Florida, and I had already enjoyed the coastal waters that Bob has access to most days of the year. As I gazed out into the dark, rainy, very cold weather of October, it was easy to envy the location of Bob's house, which proudly stated, "Today will be 91 degrees in St.Augustine, Florida!"
Suddenly, Bob switched to another topic. He said, "You know, that may sound very good, but I travel a lot, 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 a revealing smile on her face. One that said, "I know; this is my home. It's a good place to live."
I've heard the same from other people who stopped to visit Trenton. I travel a lot too; I have performed in almost 70 different cities in the United States this year. I love to travel, and don't get me wrong, there are incredibly exciting places and breathtaking places out there … things that can't be experienced here in Trenton, Missouri. However, the one thing that is never "topped" and rarely rivaled is the openness and willingness to start a conversation or lend a helping hand you find in Trenton, Missouri.
The downside of Trenton? You approach and make friends with many, many people. If you live here for a long time, attend a funeral for a friend who has passed, feeling the sadness of a personal loss becomes a commonplace.
The Trenton Advantage? You approach and make friends with many, many people. If you live here long enough, you will attend many funerals and have many opportunities to reflect on how lucky you are to have so many close and trusted friends and to live in such a close community.