The Florida whirligig takes the shape of a marching band. Flaco is instantly struck by the message it seems to convey. For a long time, he's been profoundly dissatisfied with his life. He toils away at a menial, low-paid job before returning home each day to a noisy, over-crowded house which he's forced to share with his cousin and his in-laws.
Not surprisingly, then, Flaco wants to escape from his current life. He dreams of being like a shearwater, a bird that can live alone and fly far away from the land. Yet when Flaco discovers that shearwaters actually live together in groups, he realizes that he too must find a way to live with others. Flaco's whole outlook on life has now changed for the better. And his positive new attitude has been brought about by seeing the figures of the marching band all working together for a common purpose.