Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sunshine on My Shoulders

Was it just yesterday that I was mouthing off that we were heading to Florida and leaving all the cold behind along with our scarves, mittens and parkas?

I should not have, REPEAT, not have been so smug upon departing Pennsylvania.  A cold front has followed us and since we have been here, the evening news is all about the freezing temps, the agricultural frost warnings, warm shelters for the homeless and animals, and how Holiday sales are slow since folks are staying home due to the cold.   Temps are dipping into the mid-30’s at night with daytime temps in the upper 50’s, low 60’s. 

I suppose for Floridians, seagulls included, this is darn right cold.  Why, even the Terns are canoodling on the beach.

But really?  You call this cold?  Why, it’s downright balmy!  Anytime you have vegetation that is still green and lush, consider yourself lucky to live in such paradise!

And that’s what I feel right now.  Lucky to be able to soak up some sunshine vitamin before returning to the bleak starkness of a long Pennsylvania winter. 

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

Thank you John Denver.  And thank you Florida for your sunshine, your beautiful beaches and incredible wildlife.  And I’m okay if you gotta send me some brisk temps during my stay.  Just a little reminder from Mother Nature to me to not be so smug next time when escaping the Pennsylvania winters.

Yours truly,