Tokens and Totems

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Tokens and Totems

 I brought a private patio fantasy to Florida from Illinois in 1999. I thought all patios and decks in Florida were always perfect all the time. Happy, bright, clean, and waiting for revelers to join them in the sun.
 Actually Florida patios are always sandy, and rather dirty. The wind brings all the coastal bits from the Gulf and Tampa Bay. Sand, silt, sea salts. After a few years of fighting that truth I realized the best practice was simply creating a scenario easily hosed off. I tip and lean the chairs up against the table so the seats don't collect traveling sands and soil from the shores not far away.
 Our daughter was down from Illinois for a short visit to see family and friends. I miss her. We sat on the patio and talked for what seemed 3 minutes, but turned out to be hours. We tipped the chairs correct to sit. To visit. To hold hands, and breath. I missed her. I can't bare to put these two chairs back up. I see us talking in them.

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