When most people think of South Florida, they think that the region is simply an extension of one of the weirdest states in the country. Even though South Florida does have its oddities, it is not like the rest of the state. Thanks to the many cultures and peoples that thrive off of the heat and humidity, South Florida is one of the most interesting places in the country. Its ability to always keep you entertained with its many malls, abnormal weather patterns and beaches is what made growing up there so great. Here are 20 signs you grew up in South Florida!
Even though South Florida is technically in the South it is not the South. You knew that since none of your family recipes included fried chicken, coleslaw and or baked beans you couldn’t be considered southern.
Not seeing ten different types of people at a grocery store is weird.
Although much of our population is hispanic, those of us who aren’t are constantly asked if we are.
Simply by living in South Florida you learn some basic words and phrases in Spanish the most important being “No hablo espanol” (I don’t speak Spanish)
Your Cuban sandwiches had to taste authentic and your cafe con leche had to be made just right.
There are basically only two seasons in South Florida; Summer and Summer with rain. Both of these seasons dominate the year leaving little space for cold weather. So whenever it was cool enough for us to stop sweating it was a surprise.
You came to the conclusion that your hair will never be tamed. With a normal day having 98% humidity you accepted that no matter what your hair would be out of control.
The heat is why you only buy shorts and tanktops all the time. Every winter when you go into a store you wonder why they even bother selling winter clothing.
Seeing the cute winter and fall outfits on Instagram and Pinterest made you buy cute sweaters that you rarely ever wore. You might have even been found guilty of turning down the temperature inside just to be able to wear them.
Whether you wanted to be more connected to the ocean or look like you live the salt life you know you have one of these laying around somewhere.
Whether they were Tory Burch sandals or Old Navy flip flops you had several pairs of them.
Because being blinded by the sun can cause accidents.
For vacation you either went to a Disney park, Universal park or on a cruise to the Bahamas or Mexico.
Every other street is lined with palm trees.
Early on you realized that it would be too difficult to find parking at the beach anyway.
All those field trips to the ocean made you want to really find Nemo. Though as you got older you realized that it would take too much effort.
Driving on I-95 you have experienced a luxury car zoom past you and cross four lanes.
The canal system of South Florida has been known to be the home to many creatures including Alligators. You might have even found one in one of your local canals when you were younger.
The only thing you remember about this trip was the amount of mosquito bite you had afterwards. Mosquitoes are your enemy every summer.
You knew that if there ever was an apocalypse could last at least two weeks on your hurricane supply.
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