When my brother and I were teenagers, my parents decided to sell the house and move to Tampa Bay.
My mom’s sister already lived in Tampa Bay, and she got my mom a job working with her.
My dad already wanted to live in Florida, because he grew up on the Gulf waters. When my mom got a job working in Tampa Bay, my dad took it as a sign. My brother and I were furious, because we were in high school at the time. My parents didn’t care that we would be miserable for the last few years of high school. They made the decision to move to Tampa Bay, Florida, without even talking to my brother and I first. We didn’t have any choice, but to move. As soon as my brother graduated from high school, he decided to move back home. He found an apartment with one of his friends, and he started working at the cement factory. My mom and dad wanted my brother to stay in Tampa Bay, and they weren’t excited to see him leave. My brother has been gone for a few years now, and he doesn’t visit much anymore. I know it’s expensive to travel all the way to Tampa Bay, Florida, but I’ve even offered to pay for the plane ticket. Now that I’ve been here for a few years, Tampa Bay is starting to feel like home. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I love the ocean and the bay, and I even started visiting some of the springs recently. There is so much to see and do in Tampa. I miss my brother a lot, and I wish he would move back here with all of us.