Since the temperatures in late September here in Florida are still in the high 80s with a humidity level of about 90%, my husband gets very wistful for the temperature change and other signs of fall that he experienced in his youth. I try to empathize. I'm sure if someone transplanted me to the north, there are a lot of things about Florida I would miss.
So I try to point out the "signs of fall" in Florida to Beloved. Certainly these things can't replace the fall remembrances of his childhood, but at least I can try to reprogram him to identify the subtle signs of fall in the Sunshine State. Here are a few I've identified, feel free to comment with your own.
- High school football season starts, which means most parents/grandparents spend their Friday nights at a stadium someplace getting eaten by bugs.
- The lines at Florida Theme Parks get shorter.
- You get your tax bill.
- Halloween decorations start appearing in neighbors yards, wilting under the Florida sun.
- Kids in the neighborhood start hitting you up for sales of wrapping paper, popcorn, candy, etc. to support their schools and activities.
- Your local TV weatherman/woman starts to look as if they're getting a little more sleep as hurricane season winds down.