That was me at the age of 18! Nothing tethering me to Maine and it’s maniac weather so I loaded all my belongings (How many can you have at 18?) in my Toyota Corolla and drove south until I hit Florida. Then drove three more hours to Melbourne. Have lived in this state all but 5 years in the 46 years that followed. The missing 5 years were in Atlanta which also proved to be too cold. My daughter and grandchildren r moved to Massachusetts in June 2018 for her new husband’s work. This is their first Yankee winter and I am suffering through it vicariously almost as much as they are.

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I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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