Here’s a handful ‘o’ learning from spending a week in Florida with Emily:
- Outside can look the same but feel different. As I write this, I’m looking out a window bombarded with sunshine, just like I saw in Florida. It looks really warm out there, but I have to remember that this is Michigan and it’s 37. My instincts say “put your sandals on” but the weatherman says “if you’re going to wear sandals, make sure you’ve got warm socks on, too.” That weatherman has good wardrobe advice, I think. Emily disagrees.
- Palm trees are really real, and people really do put Christmas tree lights on real palm trees, and people really do leave their Christmas lights on their palm trees until March. So it’s not just me.
- Potholes are a regional not universal truth.
- It’s awesome to be able to wear swimming trunks as a legitimate outfit in Florida’s public. In Michigan, I feel like I’m always the only one with the internet at Ruby Tuesday (if you know what I mean.) Ok, ok — I don’t actually wear swim trunks and try to pass them off as regular clothes, and neither do you,
- and we’ll never speak of this again.
- Weather affects us quite a bit. I knew that, but now I know that.
- Always wear a hat to the driving range.
It was a great time away, and it’s great to be back. We couldn’t have done it without a coordinated army of wonderful people to help manage the children throughout the week. Soon, we’ll take our children to wonderful Florida attractions like LegoLand™ and Disney World™ and Uncle Stinky’s Infected Gator Bite Museum™.
I need Aloe.