What Happens in Florida

Living in Florida means that everyday life moments in the Midwest become cataclysmic events if they aren't expected.

I was viciously attacked by a leaf today.

I was driving in downtown Orlando. It slammed into the windshield, then was gone as quickly as it came. I'm still shaking over this, for I live in Florida. Fall does not happen here. It hasn't been below 60 degrees for months and months. I didn't see any other leaves in the immediate area anywhere.

Where'd this leaf come from?

What did it want from me?

Did the leaf act alone?

Was this just a warning?

I raked and jumped into piles of them as an Ohio child and now they seek their revenge.

September 23, 2003

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