Dear Crabby, Are there only old people in Florida?

Dear Crabby,

It seems like every time I go to Florida, it is packed with old people. Is it just me or is that the impression you get also?

Sincerely, Henry Youngfella

Dear Mr. Youngfella,

I used to think the same thing, but that must be changing now because the last time I went everyone was about my age. I think many things in life are just relevant to your situation. I remember how we had an empty lot next to our home for years and one day a bulldozer came and cleared all our neighboring trees. They dug a basement and built a new house. The people moved in a few months later, and I finally met the new owners. The first thing the new guy said to me was, “What a beautiful area! I hope no one ever changes a thing!”

I wanted to hit the guy upside his head! He just changed everything for us! But anyway, my nana always said that most people barely know what’s between their own two ears, let alone what others see or need. So, I guess with your Florida comment you just need to keep perspective. You too will someday be considered an old fogey and have people be irritated by you. I suggest that you go where you are comfortable and try to give the elderly their space – especially since I know so many now. Good luck, and let me know how it works out for you!

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

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