Stranger 48 – Part I
The wind blew the snow viciously across the highways making it almost impossible to see the road or any of the vehicles that traveled in front of us. As we made our way to the airport we crossed our fingers that our flight would be able to take off and we could escape the windy frozen tundra and seek refuge down south… The warmth and beauty of the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico awaited us, just on the north side of Tampa Bay.
After a long day of travel we found our way to house situated on a fresh water canal that connects to the gulf. On the drive to the house I became curious about the signs on the side of the road advertising smoked mullet. Images filled my head about what it could possibly be… not what I had imagined at all… smoked mullet is smoked fish.
Feeling a slight amount of guilt for the people stuck up in the land of winter, I went to the beach to relax and enjoy the weather that was quickly climbing up to 80 degrees.
The smooth white sand beaches had a smattering of people lying in soaking up the rays of the sun and I figured one of them would be the next stranger.
I quickly noticed one woman who was sitting against a rail beside her assisted walking apparatus, looking into the ocean… I became curious and was soon speaking with the 47 year old woman as I kneeled into the sand and had a conversation.
I had already seen the storks and read about the manatees, but this was the first time I had ever encountered a mermaid…
1) What is your dream job?
“Well, I had a great job, inside sales. I made good money, I went to Europe about three times a year, I loved the job but the boss was totally unreasonable. He tried to… oh that’s not the question. I would have a job where I travel a lot, inside sales, make a lot of money and like the people I work with.”
2) What fulfills you?
“Health, friendship, financial security, the health of my family…”
3) What is your greatest fear?
“Well, right now I’m suffering from a broken leg, recovering. So, I would say my greatest fear right now is falling again.”
Check back Wednesday for part II…