Florida


Micha and I went to Florida to do the flowers for a party back in November. The flower photos will come later (maybe January?) when we all need them the most. For now, we can talk about the 5 days after the event when we drove our rental car through the southern most reaches of the state. It was nearly 85 degrees, and we walked along the ocean at night and wore sunscreen and swatted bugs. We saw swamps, lizards and palm trees. We traveled through West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, The Everglades and the Keys. I forgot about fall.
The adventure ended in Key West, the place our parents first met in the mid 1970s. My mom was 25 and my dad was 27. At sunset he was dancing along the docks with an african drumming band and my mother was in the crowd of onlookers. She went up to him, a stranger and street performer, and danced with him. 

It was so nice to see the place they fell in love- the banyan tree, the lighthouse, Terry Lane where my mother lived, the spots that have been told and retold into the family legend of The Most Romantic Meeting Story of All Time. Going back and wondering at the people they were then, I felt like a little part of their legend, too.

30 comments:

  1. It is something, isn't it, walking the literal paths of our histories? Even better when they are so romantic! How lovely.

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  2. Beautiful photos to go along with such a beautiful story! Have you ever thought about writing a book of your family history? I know I'd read it! :)

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  3. that is such a sweet story about your parents! there really is just something about the tropics that make everything a little more mysterious and romantic.

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  4. Lovely lovely photos to go with a lovely story!

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  5. hi!

    love your blog!

    going to florida soon...where are photos 5, 6 & 7?

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  6. Wow, what a great adventure and such a sweet story! Thank you so much for sharing, I needed that little escape.

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  7. Photos 5-7 are from the Vizcaya musuem and gardens in Miami. It was amazing.

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  8. i could go for some 85 degree weather right now! you girls look adorable, i especially love the photo of you two in front of the beach patrol!

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  9. Thank you for warming my heart xo

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  11. I'm new to your site and wondered if your parent's love story could be re-posted or found in the archives.

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  12. Wow, what a glorious vacation from autumn! I wish there was some spot in the UK that still had some warm weather I could visit. You make Florida look beautiful, I always imagined it to be a little snazzier and more modern, and of course, I've only visited Disneyland, so I am well aware that I have no idea what it's really like.

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  14. Your parents met in such a cool way! It also makes me feel like I still have time to meet my One. I sure do wish I could go to Florida! Looks like you had a great time though.

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  15. What a romantic story ! And very nice to see the pictures !!

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  16. beautiful post and photos. this makes me nostalgic...i miss florida!

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  17. great outfit.. foggy but great :)

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  18. i love how FL has super Caribbean tropical vibes. so awesome! Love the pics of the Vizcay museum.

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  19. I love the sunwashed photos! It brings back that lazy, calm feeling of summer days.

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  20. beautiful images... love it whe i see people taking pics of my town!

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  21. Ahh the kind of Amy Merrik posts I've been missing...I adore everything about the flowers but there is something very special about how you write about the most simple things like going to a museum, or an adventure with your sister. Love it :)

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  22. Thank you! What a beautiful post. So much warmth in your photos and the story of romance. You're so blessed to have these creative adventures.

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  23. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I just love their ethereal + vintage feel. And what a wonderful story about your parents meeting! Just lovely.

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  24. Wow, what are you shooting with here? Beautiful! (And what a sweet story.)

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  25. Hi Amy, I just love the look of your photos and wondered what type of camera you use if you wouldn't mind divulging that info. ha, ha. Thanks! :)

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  26. Your shots look stunning and very vintage-y. :) Florida is absolutely a beautiful place. :)

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  27. You are a part of their legend silly! A huge part! Beautiful.

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  28. Key West is a magical place.

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