Near the end of this past summer, I was really missing Florida. I don't usually miss home, until I start to think about it, and then I miss all of it and everybody, the Gulf beaches, the herons and spoonbills and ibises, the way the humidity frizzes out my hair. I hadn't left Baltimore for more than a day since December, and, oddly, I craved a suburban respite from this city. Staying in one place too long can wear you out; that's what made me leave Seminole for Baltimore in the first place.
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