Editor's Query: Tell us about a time when a personal photograph revealed something unexpected

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It was a sunny spring morning in Florida as my family and I headed out on a charter boat for a day of deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic.

Soon my then-husband and my father's wife ended up below deck, nauseated from the bobbing of the boat and dopey from the Dramamine they had taken to prevent such an occurrence.

Fortunate to escape seasickness, Dad, two of my brothers and I were happy to start fishing, and we took turns reeling in some cobia, grouper and mahi-mahi.

As the morning turned into a hot, steamy afternoon, Dad headed to the upper deck to catch what little breeze there was. I followed a little while later and grabbed my camera to take pictures before we headed back to port.

A few months later, with Father's Day approaching, it dawned on me that I hadn't developed the film from that trip and that a framed photo of Dad on our fishing excursion would make a perfect gift.

I had the photos developed, and while flipping through them, I came across one I thought Dad would appreciate -- of him standing on the upper deck in all his glory, looking like a modern-day Ahab.

But I soon changed my mind when, on closer inspection, I discovered -- to my horror -- that Dad's swimming trunks didn't have a liner.

Leslie Beil, Arlington


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