Several months ago I shared a couple photos of Washington D.C. taken after we moved to the area in the early 90’s. I’ve had fun going through old photos, and recently found a couple more from a visit there in 1989.
David and our little girls and I were visiting our friends who were already stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland where, it turns out, we were to PCS in another year or two (Permanent Change of Station, in military lingo). It was summer and incredibly hot in the city – the heat rolling in waves up off the pavement, something that is still a vivid memory even though it’s been so long since I’ve experienced that! Walking in whatever shade we could find didn’t help … but the air-conditioned coolness of the Smithsonian Museums helped break up the heat and humidity.
This is my favorite picture, the girls of our two families in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument seeming to sprout behind them.
And I laugh at the composition of this next one. Parents will understand the desire to capture photographic evidence of the kids at a famous monument, but while taking the photo completely miss that fact that President Lincoln has lost the top part of his head!
In my defense, this was 1989 with a film camera. I had to wait until the roll was developed to see if anything turned out … plus, I probably grabbed the picture, then ran off to grab my youngest before she disappeared in the crowd that I cropped out of this image! 🙂
(Here is where this part of the world is located on the map.)