florida kid

The Year Game

Gave me 2005

Then: Dodge Caravan
Now: Toyota Prius

Lavoro (Job)
Then: Preschool Teacher
Now: Account Specialist

Èta (age)
Then: 30
Now: 41

Then: Central Florida 
Now: Same

Furry Kids
Then: Ginger and Sonny ( dog and cat)
Now: Joules ( dog )

Local Pub/Bar
Then: All in the Family
Now: Starbucks

Then: Flat Screen LG
Now: The LG is in my bedroom now and we have a different flatscreen in the living room that we got for free

Then: I have always struggled with happiness, it’s a war I battle in my mind.
But I do find moments 
Now: I’m learning to love myself and not worry as much.

Then: 3 - girl 10 , boy 5 , boy 2
Now: 3- girl 21, boy 17 , boy 13

❤and I’ll give you a year

Hamilsquad roomies

- nobody ever goes shopping until all that is left in the fridge is mustard and light

- John stays up all night playing video games and shouting at people on teamspeak

- which is why he has to make the others coffee every morning

- Hercules has contemplated moving out after two weeks of living with three guys with long hair (it’s EVERYWHERE IT’S LIKE HAVING FOURTY CATS)

- Lafayette listens to music very loudly and there is absolutely nothing to be done about it

- but he also always makes enough dinner for all of them so he is forgiven

- Alex and John had a light-saber fight in the living room once and that kids is the story of why the lamp mainly consists of gaffer tape

- Hercules just disappears ever so often to some place for doing stuff (nobody knows details, bets are on either supervillain or a secret wife and kids in florida)

- they live next to an older couple, he is a nice old boy, his wife is satan in the flesh - everyone agrees on that (including her husband, john’s sister and every uber in town)

- thursday night is movie night and it doesn’t matter if you got an exam tomorrow alex!

- the toaster is suspected to be a russian spy and is to be blamed for everything going wrong

Miami/South Florida Gothic
  • Feral peacocks roam the suburbs, crying in the night. Their screams sound like children endlessly calling “Mom! Mom!” but it’s just peacocks. It’s always just peacocks.
  • Something slams hard against the boarded-up windows during a hurricane - you say it was just a tree or lawn chair, but the red stains suggest otherwise.
  • You don’t go to the beach. Only tourists go to the beach, swarming in droves, forgetting that even on overcast days, their pale skins can indeed burn. They return from the beach, scarlet and peeling. They never meet your eyes.
  • After hurricanes, sometimes you do go to the beach, searching among the washed up debris for interesting things washed ashore, ignoring the things with too many legs or geometries that suggest body plans unknown to man.
  • When you do go to the beach, you walk slowly,  carefully sandaled to protect your feet against man-o-war tentacles that lie hidden in the sand, dead for days but still able to sting. Even dead things can hurt you. Especially dead things.
  • You walk along the sandy bottom offshore, shuffling your feet in the sand to warn creatures of your coming. A stingray the size of a manhole lifts out of the sand in front of you, rising from the floor like a UFO, before slowly undulating away, tail flowing behind it as one last warning.
  • The classroom iguana disappears during a storm. You search all over for him, but he is nowhere to be found. After a week of mourning, he falls through the ceiling tile and into the music classroom, looking substantially larger than when he went missing.
  • Your school has a whole week where for one hour a day, you learn about dangerous creatures and how to avoid them, of how to run from alligators and when a stick isn’t a stick at all. You tell your cousins, who live out of state, as if this were a normal thing that happened all over the country. You don’t notice their horrified looks. 
  • Your dog is huddled in the corner of the porch, whining. A cane toad is eating your food, and eyeing your dog like they may be next. You start to wonder what happened to the neighbor’s dog when it disappeared last month.
  • “BOW-kuh”, they drawl, with their plumped lips and skin drawn too tight over their faces, their bodies more plastic than flesh, their skin tanned leather over silicone and bone, creatures not quite human but attempting to pass as such.  “We’re from BOW-kuh.”
  • The pelicans swoop down and fly off with squirming seagulls and pigeons in their pouches.  They eye you, as if trying to determine if you’d fit, too, and wondering how you’d taste.
  • There is a gator blocking your garage. There was a gator blocking your garage yesterday. It has been five days since you have been able to leave the house.

Save Our Kids (2/24/15): Brittany Overstreet had her first court date yesterday, and we turned up and turned out in protest against the charge brought against her (resisting arrest without violence). They’re currently trying to force her to plead out by threatening to bring an additional charge if she goes to trial. Don’t let their threats go unnoticed. You’ve already made such a difference in this girl’s life by sharing her story. We will get justice for Brittany! #staywoke #farfromover