Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt depicts the joy of solitude as a young woman paddles her canoe through the calm waters of a wide-open lake. I was glad for this prompt because I have been eager to share some more photos from my great-aunt Helen Killeen Parker’s photo album.
But Helen’s pictures don’t suggest solitude at all.
They tell the story of a camping trip.
I wonder if they brought the boat with them or if it was a rental. If so, what kind of place was this?
Since Helen apparently liked taking pictures but not journaling about them, the reason for the trip is a mystery. Family reunion? Summer vacation with cousins? A getaway-weekend with friends and coworkers? I don’t know. The presence of a rather grizzly older woman and a child makes me think this is an outing with extended family rather than the 1919 equivalent of the senior class trip.
|This photo makes me laugh. |
Is that guy wearing a sport coat over his swimming trunks?
Maybe the older woman was simply the chief cook and bottle-washer. With all the activities Helen and her friends had planned, they surely didn’t have time to cook.
|Why is that man standing up in the boat?|
They were too busy boating,
fishing and hunting,
|My great-aunt Helen|
relaxing to the sounds of Al Jolson, Henry Burr, or an orchestra on the gramophone
and maybe just getting to know one another better.
Oh wait -- Perhaps a little solitude was on the agenda after all.
Please paddle on over to Sepia Saturday for more stories of solitude, boats and lakes.