Ah yes, the Fountain of Youth. Ponce DeLeon began the search over 500 years ago, and lets face we are still looking for it today in every jar of age defying creme or a bottle of viagra. On Monday we had discussed Ponce DeLeon and his futile search for the mythical fountain, so I decided to have their journal follow suit. After completion of Day 17 of the workbook it was time was write, and today’s topic was “What would you do if you discovered the Fountain of Youth?”
The boys, who currently enjoy the wonders of youth did not seem to care about saving any for themselves. Instead one considered selling it and using the money to buy video games, where another decided it would be far better to build a museum around it and allow people to come and drink it. The question is….. What would you do if you discovered the Fountain of Youth?
In case you haven’t figured it out, I live in Florida. I am technically a native (born here, but I lived up north for the first 12 years of my life), and my husband is second generation Floridian (a rare breed). For all it’s misgivings, it is not that bad of a place to live… sure it is hot and sticky for 9 months out of the year, but we have Disney and miles of awesome beaches. So, I decided that today we would continue discussing our state’s history and talk about our European Founder, Ponce DeLeon. The boys have heard his name on several occasions, in fact we use to go swimming at Deleon Springs State Park (if you ever get a chance to go, do it! You won’t regret it!) We watched a Biography special on him that was located on the Biography Channel’s website. You can watch the full episode here (it is rated TV14 because some of the art work shows nudity, slavery is discussed, and rape and cannibalism is briefly mentioned), and I would watch it before showing it to young children. The only issue that I had was the mention of rape, so I made sure that I fast forwarded through that particular part.
Afterwards, we finished up day 16 in our work books and then wrote a journal entry regarding the interesting things that we discovered on our trip to the Polk Museum of Art.