Family Photographs… and their stories
I’ve always loved the older family photographs, and as many times as I leaf through my albums, I always ask myself “what’s your story?” Every photo has one – and it’s my mission to tell them – one by one. After beginning my weekly series on Family Heirlooms, I thought… why not tell the stories on the family photographs.
The Glass Bottom Boat
Me with my father and mother on vacation; I look to be about five years old here. I’m the little girl standing with dark short hair and bangs on the right, daddy has a plaid shirt, and I can see his tatoo. Mama is next to him with dark hair… looking unhappy!
I remember being told that on one of our trips to Florida when I was about five years old, we stopped at a diner for lunch. I had my favorite, chicken noodle soup, and accidently spilt it on me. The waitress quickly buttered me up… but we know today that we no longer use butter for a burn… we only use cold water as actually the butter holds the heat in. I never had a scar, so I’m assuming it wasn’t a scalding burn. Maybe it was on this trip when visiting Silver Springs! I know we also went to Miami one year, so it could possibly have been a stop on the way down.
I began this post three years ago… so what happened? I visually remembered the photo in my photo album, but yet when I went to retrieve it… it was nowhere to be found… until today! While I wasn’t actually looking for it today, I had taken all my genealogy file books out of my closet to visually look through… even found quite a few interesting items. But it was in the last book, when I turned a page and…. there was my missing photo of the Glass Bottom Boat! YooHoo!!!
The “glass bottom boats” are in the Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida and have been a natural landmark since the 1870’s. It is featured as one of the largest artesian springs in the world.
When I asked my mother what she remembered of the photo… she had no memories other than we had gone. So I guess I may have to plan a trip to see for myself what I might have seen on that day. A visit to their website mentions manatees, possibly alligators, many tropical birds, waterlife, and over 300 Rhesus Macaques monkeys running wild through the area; brought there in the 1930’s. During my search on wildlife, I read that they may be rounding up the monkeys soon, which are originally native to Asia… it’s being said they carry a dangerous herpes virus.
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