Down here in Florida it’s cold. We have been between 45 and 80 degrees for about two months straight now. I have been fortunate enough this winter to actually wear all my sweaters twice even if it means needing to take them off by noon or overheat. A true Floridian never knows how to dress appropriately for cold weather because we’ve never had to dress for cold weather for very long. Usually, by the time you find your closed toe shoes, it’s Spring. No kidding. Last Winter was extremely cold and I discovered I had NO closed toe shoes other than tennis shoes (tennis shoes is Floridian for athletic shoes and it encompasses everything from Keds to Sacouny). Matter of fact, I have nothing but Saucony Kinvara tennis shoes, open toe stilettos and flip flops. I discovered that socks in stilettos is not a good look. I also discovered that I could wear socks with my Saucony Kinvaras for added warmth since they are virtually made of netting…something you appreciate in 98 degree weather but not when freezing cold wind is blowing. I also discovered that I literally had four pair of socks! Four pair.
We recently had a cold snap…(it’s called a snap down here because it gets really chilly then our state snaps right out of it). Our day started out at about 75 glorious degrees then by lunch it was down to about 50. The weather change was so aggressive that I had to put on winter clothes, i.e. a long sleeved t-shirt, jeans and socks with my flip flops. By the time I met my friends for dinner and a bon fire I had a jacket and scarf…and still had on flip flops. The friends I was meeting happened to be Canadians who were all wearing shorts, light jackets, and burks (burks is Yankee talk for Birkenstocks). They thought I looked pretty silly with a down jacket, scarf and flip flops with or without socks. It’s not because I have no fashion sense, but I simply do not know any better. I have spent my entire life in Florida heat. I have spent years perfecting the Floridian stance (the Floridian stance is standing with no part of your body touching any other part of your body) and winter is such an incredibly short season down here that I have a very hard time adjusting.
Flip flops are to Floridians what sinus infections are to New Yorkers. What would one be without the other?