So last week while traveling from eastern Maine to western Maine, I noticed dozens of houses with stars on them.  Most had one star.  Some had three.  Others had more.  But we’re talking LOTS of stars here.

I couldn’t help wondering their significance.

  • Did each of these homes have someone serving in the armed forces?
  • Or (God forbid) had they lost someone in war?
  • Were these the homes of community leaders or founders?

I was baffled and intrigued.

So as soon as I could, I asked a native, “What’s the deal with the stars?”

He looked baffled.

I explained that I’d seen dozens of homes with stars on them and wanted to know what significance these stars held?

He looked at me straight-faced and said, “They’re decoration – ya know, Americana.”

I was crushed.

And it cracked me up at the same time.

Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar (or a star).


Anything like that ever happened to you?