Thursday, June 18, 2009

Things I miss about FL

There were obvious things I would miss about Florida when I left. My family, my friends. But never having lived outside of the state before, I didn't realize how much I would miss the little, seemingly insignificant things...

  • Cuban Sandwiches (made with REAL Cuban bread, baked with a palmetto leaf)
  • small critters (lizards, frogs, bugs...) although VA has a lot of small birds, it seems to lack...
  • large, crazy lookin' animals (come on. Gators, roseate spoonbills, manatees, sandhill cranes. CRAZY lookin' animals.)
  • strong storms that blow through and leave that delicious smell hanging in the so-thick-you-can't-breathe air
  • Sitting outside on the back porch of Tim and Terry's... Or Cafe Gardens...or any of our other regular restaurants in the 'ville.
  • Satchel's (could be covered by point above. but so good and missed so much, it deserves it's own bullet.)
  • Publix
  • Beaches within a 1.5 hour drive
  • sandy soil
  • Gators in the water
  • Gators on your plate
  • Dillard's shoe department
  • The crazy wackos that make FL their home (seriously, I always suspected we tipped the scales with the crazy, but now I know I was right. I think it's the combination of being Southern, the heat, and the swamps. All of which I love.)
  • Old orange groves
  • eating watermelon, while floating in the lake
  • Old Florida souvenir stands
  • Spanish moss smothering oaks (THAT'S what is wrong with these trees... they are naked)
  • Boiled peanuts (I want some. right now.)
  • Floating on the river/springs (preferably with boiled peanuts)
  • The culture that has sprung up that is uniquely Florida. It's Southern, but done from the swamps.

Ok I'm going to stop now. I'm getting homesick. I just wanted to take some time to write some of these down so I can properly appreciate them when I go to Florida for a visit next week.


Erin said...

As someone who has lived out of the state, I knew you would miss all of those things. Most of it you will learn to stop missing, but the lack of moss and little critters is one I never got over. I completely sympathize with you.

Dixie Starr said...

You're making me homesick, and I'm still here!! What a great place this is. :)

Kim said...

Amen, sister!