I have to apologize. At least sometimes I feel like I should. I love it here. Florida is like paradise. It’s sunny and beautiful the majority of the time. It’s barely 8 am and it is warm enough outside to be comfortable in a tank top. Most days, it’s that warm at 6am. I sit outside on our patio with my coffee and my dogs and watch the sun light up the yard, shining through the Spanish Moss that hangs from the trees and making it more beautiful than it already is. And I love it.
I am all about being warm. In August when everyone starts to complain about the heat and humidity, I am in my glory. That’s my weather. So being here is perfect for me.
I love that pretty much year round we can get in our boat and head out to Shell Key or Egmont Key and spend the day on the beach, soaking up sunshine, surrounded by blue skies, clear water and white sand. I love it even more when I know that at home everyone is bundled up and it’s cold and wet and snowy out. That’s why we moved. We’d had enough of taking a half hour to bundle up the kids to go outside for 5 minutes in winter and realizing that none of us really wanted to be outside in that weather.
Being here gives me the chance to do more fun things with my kids. We can ride bikes in December. We can build sand castles on the beach in January. We can swim and picnic and play outside and it doesn’t involve being cold or hanging up wet coats and mitts and touques when we are done. Not to say that winter isn’t great. I like winter for about 10 minutes on Christmas Day. And for lots of people, I’m sure they love it. Just not me.
Sometimes though, I feel guilty. When I post a picture or make a comment about what we are doing for the day and then realize that at home, everyone still needs winter jackets on I feel bad. I feel like I should apologize for choosing sunshine over sleet and snow. Then I realize that nothing is stopping anyone else from making the same choice we did. It was a huge decision and one that we didn’t make lightly. And sitting here on this beautiful morning, I know it was the right one.