It was my first year wintering in the South.

She explained how humid it would get in the evenings, and then you could see a shower or two

I never thought that I would turn out to be a Snowbird, but here I was heading south for the winter. I had a lot of problems with rheumatoid arthritis and the colder air affected me in the worst way. I was beginning to have a lot of bad reactions from rainy days, and I no longer wanted to suffer from chilly, damp air. I didn’t really know what to expect when I headed south. My best friend had been making this trek for the last four years and I knew she was excited to finally have me join her. The heat in mid-October was worse than it was in mid-July back home. I pulled off my sweater, instantly regretting the feel of the hot sun on my bare arms. I hit the doorbell and waited for my friend to answer the door. When she came through the hallway, I could see her, and I was beginning to get excited She opened the door and I could feel the air conditioning coming out the door. I quickly closed the door to keep the AC from all flooding the outside. She helped me take my bags to my bedroom and asked me where I wanted the thermostat set. I thought the temperature of the room felt fine and she just shrugged. She told me that after a couple days, I would be glad to have air conditioning. She explained how humid it would get in the evenings, and then you could see a shower or two. I was already wondering if being a snowbird was the smartest choice for me. I could have stayed home and been warm and dry with my furnace, instead of cool and humid with air conditioning.

 

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