04/06/2014 | Posted in:Kat's Conscientia

I’ve lived in the North my entire life.  I mean my entire life.  I am still getting used to Florida and it’s tropical climate, but one thing I’m rapidly realizing is my seasons will be flipped from now on.  Back home, as soon as fall hit and Halloween had passed, I’d start lamenting about how it would be a long winter.   Here, I’m already lamenting about how it will be a long summer.  Not only are the temperatures and humidity outrageous, but it is rainy/hurricane season which means several days a week must be relegated to indoor activities.

This isn’t all bad, in fact, it’s quite refreshing to look out my patio to hear and see the rain falling.  Even more interestingly, is that it seems to rain while being sunny out far more often than while it is overcast.  That is the opposite of what I am used to, but it is a pleasant change, reminding me the sun can shine through anything (and the temperatures are likely to remain high).  The warmer temperatures mean that I can take full advantage of living in a state surrounded by and filled with water – from pools to the ocean, it surrounds everything, and there is nothing like a nice swim on a hot day.

Another nice change is the longer days.  Even in the winter, the sun simply shines longer in Florida than the Northern half of the country, because of its geographical location.  Come summer and we easily have sunrise at 6:20 a.m. while not having sunset until 8:20 p.m.  The extra hours of daylight facilitate doing more activities throughout the day and not feeling completely trapped in the house.  I might not want to sweat, but as long as I stay hydrated, I can go outside, whereas with snow and ice that is not always feasible.

I’ve swapped raccoons for geckos, and oak trees for palm trees.  I’ve also inherited a beautifully tropical atmosphere.  Because of the allergies some people have, we have to keep our air conditioning running almost 99% of the time.  But that 1%, where we shut the forced air conditioning off, open all the windows, and turn on the fans is a wonderfully organic type of day.  Life moves a little more slowly, and the sun melts the ice from drinks within minutes, but it is a lifestyle that seems long forgotten.  It is a way of letting nature in, and suburbia out.  With the wind and air circulating throughout the house, there is a sense of newness.  While the heat becomes slightly more intense, the fans seem that much more precious.  Sitting and reading with my child becomes more appealing than sitting with a hot computer in my lap.  It’s almost like when the power goes out.  At first, there is the hustle to find all of the flashlights and candles, and then the simplicity of not having to worry about daily chores or schedules based on electricity settles in.  Families become closer.  Laughter becomes a little louder.  People let go of the stressors of life and embrace the situation.   Similarly, when the heat is let into our home, I feel that sense of living in the moment.  I don’t worry about much other than the company of my family and the pleasantness of the day.  And I feel a sense of peace.

Every climate has its advantages, as does every season.  But while I am lamenting “it’s going to be a long summer” I am also excitedly waiting to see what a tropical summer actually entails.  I am still getting used to the ducks walking up to my door, and finding the right schedule for our new lifestyle.  I’m also learning that there is a lot more than one way to do things.  My clothing is slowly changing to a more casual style, with far more sports skirts than jeans, and flip flops replacing my sneakers.  I’ve gone from feeling as though I have to cram a year’s worth of activities into one summer, to realizing each day will bring new opportunities for adventure.  And in the meantime, I’m simply enjoying Florida’s Summers.

Freelance writer, stay at home mom, Doctor Who enthusiast

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