"Maine is good for his soul."
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On Sunday afternoon, one month after burying his wife, former President George H.W. Bush returned to his family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. It was a bittersweet moment for the aging statesman—this will be his first summer in 73 years he will spend at Walker's Point without his beloved Barbara.

But then again, Maine is the 93-year-old's happy place. And when he arrived there this weekend he was greeted by a crowd of 300 well-wishers. They lined the streets, clapping and waving American flags as his motorcade drove by. Bush, who recently recovered from a blood infection, smiled and waved from the window of his car.

"It's where he's spent every summer except 1944," Jim McGrath, Bush's longtime spokesman, told The Press Herald. "The bonds run deep. He couldn't be happier to be here. Maine is good for his soul."

"I imagine he will feel that half of him is missing for the rest of his life," McGrath continued. "But that said, there is no quit in this man. Life goes on, and for George Bush, life is to be lived with joy — especially when he is in Maine."

McGrath said George and Barbara Bush typically spent May to October in Maine, and the former president appears happy to stick to their normal schedule.

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"We're so pleased to have President Bush back at the place that he loves so much. He's ours for the summer," Ken Raynor, local golf pro and longtime family friend, told the Associated Press. "We're going to cherish the time that we have with him in Maine."

We're hoping George Sr. has a lovely, recuperative summer filled with plenty of loved ones by his side.