I live in the southeast near the ocean, and I have been here most of my life.
I come from a family of Irish immigrants who all settled in this area a little over a century ago.
Despite each successive generation and all of the unique people throughout our huge family tree, most of us have stayed in this small little community here in the south. I considered traveling far for college but opted to attend an in-state school where I’d be close enough to my family to visit regularly, while also paying less on tuition by avoiding out-of-state tuition rates. I just loathed the idea of moving to a cold environment, too. You could call me a lizard at this point; I like the heat and I thrive in it. I really couldn’t imagine living in the opposite environment with sub zero winter weather. The thought of it scares me to no end. When it got particularly cold for the fourth time this last winter in just November, I knew I’d be in for a particularly cold season. By December, I was at the store looking for a space heater, something I thought would never happen as long as I stayed in this climate. But from the looks of it, the next coming winter is projected to be as intense as last year, with record lows expected in many areas throughout the country. It’s easy to take for granted living in an area where the weather is so mild in the winter that you can wear shorts and short sleeve shirts most days with a sweater on at most to keep warm in the early mornings.