Read more about snowbirds in the links below the last video.
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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
Summer is primetime along the Alabama coast followed by spring and fall. Its winters do not provide the regular warmth and sun of central and south Florida – but it is warmer than home in Cincinnati – or the homes of visitors from Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, the Dakotas, Canada, and the rest of Ohio.
Locals call us snowbirds – people from the north going south for the winter. Without the crowds of summer, the vast majority of visitors are snowbirds. Some younger faces from the region join the mix on weekends.
Compared to summer here, occupancy is comparatively low – and that also means reasonable rates – a month in the winter for about the same as a week during the primetime of summer – plus warmer temperatures than home.
As I walk, people pass by. Most acknowledge our presence with at least a nod or a smile. Some even add a verbal salutation. Yes, the power of acknowledgment.
Sometimes I wonder: Who are they? Where are they going? Who are they meeting? Where are they staying? Oh – they look familiar, but from where?
People display personal identifiers through hats and shirts that may spark conversations – signs of home, places visited, colleges, or sports loyalties. Other Cincinnatians spot my University of Cincinnati hat, then identify themselves to me – as do other Ohioans and others from rival schools.
Many times when passing fishermen monitoring their poles, I would ask about their catches of the day. Most are willing to talk about their craft. I am not a fisherman, but we would watch with anticipation as they reel in their catch.
No matter where, every person that I pass every day has a story. Each person is a walking history of joys and sadness, successes and failures, pride and shame, and more. All people have many good things in their history – but they also have worries, fears, and troubles – some even health concerns.
These people come in a wide assortment of personalities and traits – the tall and the short; the old and the young; the successful and the not so; the caring and the selfish; the extroverts and the introverts; the thinkers, dreamers, doers and so much more.
Today I think about the different people I pass on any given day. People – the plurality of persons. People – the individuals who make up humanity. Yes, it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around. Besides, I’m a believer that the majority of people in the world are good.
Even though people are complex, thinking about them as I walk. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about a variety of snowbirds
- A snowbird in a poem
- A real snowbird
- Canadian snowbirds
- A letter to snowbirds
- Canadian singer Anne Murray
- Snowbird Freedom (Beach Walk #3)
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