Flashback Friday! It’s now 25 years since I moved to Florida!
As of today, February 5, I have lived in Florida for twenty years.
I braved a solo five day moving truck trip through a freakish Mississippi ice storm and a final leg across the panhandle that seemed extraordinarily long, arriving in Flagler Beach in the early evening. It was a cold, blustery Saturday but it felt like paradise after the -46 wind chill I left 5 days earlier in southern Missouri.
I didn’t come with much. A 10′ moving van filled with some of my parents’ things they had left with me when they came to Florida a few years before, lots of books, clothes, and some heirloom furnishings. I had sold most of my furniture, electronics, and even my car to finance the trip. I had just turned 24 and was coming off a three year “tour of duty” as a juvenile corrections officer.
With one of my…
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