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Feb 11, 2017

(Wondering About the) F is for the Fountain of Youth


While driving around the other night, we were discussing various explorers: Leif Erikson, Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, Amerigo Vespucci, and Ponce de León.  That led to the Fountain of Youth.

The Fountain of Youth or similar legends have been around for as long as the 5th century BC.  People believed that drinking from or bathing in the spring or fountain would bring long life.  You can visit The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park located in St. Augustine, Florida.


I had questions.

If one drinks from the fountain, how young does one become?

If you become a child, do you stay one forever?

Or do you just stop aging at the age you are?

How often do you need to drink from it?

If you stop drinking from it, would you start growing older at a regular rate from the age you became?

Or would you suddenly become the age you would have been (or dead)?

Can it be removed from the fountain and taken somewhere?

So much musing and no answers.  It's fun to consider the possibilities.



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7 comments:

Melissa Batai said...

This post reminds me of the book, Tuck Everlasting. I wouldn't want to drink from the fountain of youth unless everyone else I love does, too.

Annette V said...

Indeed so many thoughts. My son wonders if transportation might happen to a place of endless childhood. :)

Rebecca C. said...

Reminds me of Tuck Everlasting also. I don't know if I would want to drink from it or not.

Mother of 3 said...

I love those kinds of conversations and questions that just crop up!

Renee K. said...

We are all just kids at heart and who says only the kids have a vivid imagination full of questions. Thanks for your post it made me smile this morning reading it.

Kym Thorpe said...

We didn't get to visit The Fountain of Youth when we were in St Augustine - maybe next time! I wonder which color my hair would go back to if I drank from it?

Amanda Hopkins said...

Hmm...this sounds like a writing prompt for the kiddos when we get to this in history! This could turn into a great story, especially since my mind is spinning from your questions. Thank for this!