- The Driving Rumor is unquestionably true.
- Some people can grow accustomed to dealing with snakes and dealing with them well; most are faking it and have private meltdowns before, during, and after the confrontation.
- Ice is a big deal when you can count on heat and have looked in the eye of a hurricane.
- When Palm trees are your basic tree form everywhere, shade suffers and skin along with it.
- It’s easier to find sea glass in miles of sand than it is to find a four-leaf clover when you’re sitting in a grassy clover area.
- The fact that sea glass is findable makes it no less a joy to actually find it.
- Fireworks are available in surround-sound and surround-show anywhere on A1A, which runs along the Atlantic. It is a breathtaking experience worth memorizing. And I have.
- Time is relative on the barrier islands; shops post signs routinely saying “back in a few” which translates to “a few hours of surfing.” No one blinks. Those who want to shop there just come back later.
- RSVPs are fairly optional. Hedging when first given an invitation is forgiven.
- Those who work with preschoolers all day deserve a lot more money than they are paid. Those who make a lot more money than preschool teachers, need to spend a few days with preschoolers.
- Black snakes are our friends!
- Grief hits like waves at your feet, changing in magnitude and rising steadily before subsiding: manageable sad, sigh-worthy melancholy, hard-to-speak anger, challenging distress, worrisome despair, gigantic heartache, tsunami anguish … manageable sad. Wake, rise, walk, repeat.
- The best thing about Florida is not the ocean, or the heat, or the perpetual sunshine. It is the people.
- The worst thing about Florida is not the reptiles (though they are right up there on the list), the hurricanes, or the tourist traps. It is the people.
- The people in Florida are the same as people everywhere–beautiful, humble, faithful souls mixed among the angry and arrogant.
- Grits are good. Cheesy grits are better. Mrs. Hogan’s cheesy grits, second to none.
- Routines come harder in a place where the seasons do not visibly change.
- Children in snow states have snow days! Children in tropical places have tidepools to play in all summer long.
- Key West is worth the trip.
- People in Florida have swimming pools like people in the Midwest have snow shovels and rakes.
- There is an unwritten code among beach-walkers:
- Talk is optional.
- A nod is as good as a wave.
- Clarity comes with every footprint left in the sand.
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