I have moved 11 times in the past 10 years. It’s part of what makes me tick— I always enjoy a new home to decorate and a new town to explore. Yet something about this last move from Southern California to Florida was a little bit harder for me to swallow. I think it’s a combination of my husband starting a completely new job, acclimating to the humidity and giant bugs, and leaving our friends and family thousands of miles away.
I call it the Florida funk.
It has been an exciting time for our family, but it has also been an emotional roller coaster. When I had to trade in my California driver’s license last week for a Florida one, I seriously almost cried. When my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma last month, all I wanted to do was buy our family one-way tickets back to California. I miss my friends. I miss my sister. I miss my parents. I miss good garage sales and amazing finds on Craigslist. I miss our church. I miss our home that we renovated with our bare hands. I miss my neighbors. I miss it all…and some.
That’s what the Florida funk feels like.
There are moments when I break out of the funk and it feels so good. It tends to happen when I make a new friend, have a good laugh with my husband and kids, or discover a new part of town. I love learning about the personalty of a town and embracing it. Last week, we embraced the Florida strawberry heritage and took a drive down the road to Parkesdale Farm Market— a world famous strawberry farm market. Strawberry season is at its peak and I have been wanting to make freezer jam— so we decided to check it out.
I honestly wasn’t aware that this place would have a line wrapped around it— everyone waiting to try the World Famous Strawberry Shortcake. We joined the line and treated ourselves to a little bite of heaven.
There is even a map on the wall filled with pins from people around the world. We added one to Palmdale, CA— our former town that still makes us a little homesick. The majority of the pins were from the snowbirds along the east coast (aka: older folks who migrate down to Florida in the winter to get out of the snow).
There was even a fun photo op— we could dress up as the Royal Strawberry Family and enjoy the ultimate strawberry shortcake. Touristy? Absolutely! But that is part of Florida life: snowbirds and tourists make Florida the top travel destination in the world. So embrace it we did!
So, the next time I am at the supermarket and stumble past the strawberries, I will think back to Parkesdale— a wonderful market that got me out of the Florida funk.
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PS: This post is in conjunction with Design Mom’s Love the Place you Live. She inspired me to share my adventures around town and share them with others. To read about other people’s adventures, check out her blog.