Long story short, my extended summer in Tampa turned out really well. Today is my last day here, and tomorrow, I head for winter. My vacation started out a bit bumpy because I came down here with an uncle who had very different plans than my own. After he left, my time was my own, and I used it wisely.
I have slept down here like I could have never up north, without a worry in the world. I spent my mornings at the pool, tanning, and swimming a few laps to maintain some sort of physical routine. I ate and ate and ate like a pig in heat. I hit the beach one time, and that was good enough for me.
Most of the two weeks I’ve spent down here, I hung out with my mother, brother, and stepfather – the three sole reasons for me coming down here. I helped my mom celebrate her 50th birthday, and had a blast. I’m going to miss them terribly when I leave, as it won’t be a while until I can return. But return I shall!
I totally understand why the elderly retire to states like Florida, Arizona, and California. And as a representative of the prematurely elderly, I approve of this message.
Tomorrow, I head for winter, but it’s ok. I’m ready. I’m ready to go home, and I’m ready for the cold. What’s helping me to be ready isn’t a “what” but a “whom”, and she is making my return a desired one. So even though I’m returning to relatively cold weather, I highly doubt I’ll be freezing at all. ;)