I love my fellow Floridians! We are precious, and we are a unique breed.
Most of the time we are easy going peeps, not taking ourselves too seriously. We roll out of bed in the morning, humidity dripping from our veins, and go with the flow when it comes to hair, makeup, etc. None of its permanent and you put good money on two realities: your hair will frizz and your foundation will melt by mid-morning. Flip-flops of all varieties are a staple in every closet, and that whole thing about switching out winter and summer clothes? Yeah, no. Do you have a jacket? Check. Bets are you will be good.
When a chill peeks its head from the Georgia border and winks at us, watch out world.
Just as we can prepare for a natural disaster like no other, we can prepare for fall with equal fervor. We may line up to fill up gas tanks and clear the shelves of bread, milk, and water...but meteorologist, if you dare go THERE (as in whisper the words cold and front together) with your predictions, we will fill up our mugs with anything pumpkin spice and clear our closet shelves of scarves, sweaters, and boots-maybe attempting to wear them all at once.
Erase that judgy expression from your faces. These department stores prey on our inability to say no to the possibility of actual seasons. Tempting displays of anything other than shorts, swimsuits and t-shirts make us drool with hopeful anticipation and pull out that credit card for that mystical moment when Florida's crayon box, which is only filled with a twenty-four shades of green and blue, will suddenly admit a variety of other colors into the contents.
Never going to happen, y'all. But no worries, Floridians may be dreamers, but we are firmly grounded in the reality of our peninsular status. 💁
You see, we truly understand what the rest of the country does not get. This will not last. It is not a season. 50-70 degree weather could be a day, a week, or no we won't even go longer with our predictions because our hopes and dreams will likely be crushed.
If we aren't wearing shorts for Thanksgiving and Christmas we count it as a win. Stay calm, y'all and Fall to your heart's desire. Enjoy that latte and wrap that scarf a little tighter. We are tropical warriors and deserve to take a deep, cleansing breath of 58 degrees. Oh. My. Word!
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.