Sunday, February 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day: What would I miss?


Besides my house and my family, this is what I would miss the most. My alma mater, Florida State University, is the reason I first came to Tallahassee over 40 years ago. After graduating, I never left this city and worked at the university for 35 years before retiring almost 3 years ago. This is a picture of the Westcott Building, built in 1910 to serve as the main administration building for what was then known as the Florida State College for Women. The university became coeducational and changed its name the same year my father transferred here from that "other" university down in Gainesville. He was pretty smart to transfer to a former "girls' school" since the men were greatly outnumbered. I'm glad he did because he would never have met my mother and I might not be here now! The interior of the building was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1969, but was renovated, preserving the original collegiate gothic exterior the building was known for. I decided to use this picture, which I took almost three years ago, because one of the young ladies standing on the steps is my daughter (she is the one on the left). We were taking pictures that day because it was right before she was about to graduate from the university with her Masters degree. It was a cloudy day, but I liked the way the bricks looked in the light. I have already mentioned that both of my parents attended FSU and so did my daughter and my son, as well as my sister. I'm hoping my grandchildren will also be students here one day.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the the City Daily Photo community and this month's theme is "If you had to leave the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?" To see other entries for this month's theme, you can go to the CDP Theme Day page here.

29 comments:

Jim said...

Great choice for theme day. Good shot and great looking bench there too.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your family has so many connections to this university that I can understand why you'd miss it!

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Love your choice for the theme day. Well done!

Peter van den Besselaar said...

That looks nice. Cheers from University city Tilburg.

Tamera said...

It's a great shot, Lois, and with such a rich family and personal history at this school, I can see why you would miss it!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Excellent choice Lois, I can see why you have such strong ties to the uni, it has played a big role in your life.

Revrunner said...

Wow! Sounds like FSU is a family affair. :-)

Joan Elizabeth said...

Having spent so long there I am not surprised that you would miss it!

Aimeecakes said...

Wow - lots of family history there, I can understand why its so important to you!

biebkriebels said...

How nice you all visited the same University. I am now curious what you studied there.

Rob the frog said...

I am still loyal to my alma mater in Montreal, Canada, too! McGill. Some things don't pass.

TexWisGirl said...

your family has a great legacy in that university! awesome!

Annie Bear said...

Wow. So this is your alma mater as well as your parents' and your place of employment for you entire career. That is really great. You must be proud of your kids graduating from there as well.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I do agree with Tex, Lois!! A great legacy indeed and such a beautiful university!! Thanks for sharing it's history!! Great post for the day, as always!!

Sharon Anck said...

Excellent choice. The draw of the alma mater. Beautiful campus!

RedPat said...

That's quite a story, Lois! Great choice.

Karl Demetz said...

Great choice and beautiful photo for this theme day, Lois !

cieldequimper said...

Excellent Lois. I sometimes wonder if I shouldn't have taught...

Gerald (SK14) said...

Interesting choice - I chickened out of theme day this month

Gunn said...

Nice. I understand your choice.

Lowell said...

This is an amazing post. It's hard for me to grasp what this school must mean to you after all these years. I moved so much in my youth and changed schools often...and then came college and graduate school: Let's see...I think 8 colleges in all! So my feelings about my alma maters are mixed or non-existent.

Love this photo and it's very sweet to have your daughter in the center of things!

VP said...

A beautiful building, perfectly restored, with a nice personal story on the side!

William Kendall said...

A lot of personal history there for you! I really like the architectural style.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a wonderful bit of family history you shared! It's a beautiful building ... And since we spend so much time here in the sunshine state, we really must get to your City and see it and the Capital too of course.

We lived in or near University towns for much of the time before retirement and I think it makes a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

hamilton said...

With such a connection to your university, i can see why this would be a good choice.

Jack said...

Very impressive, Lois. I knew that you worked a long time at FSU, but I didn't know of all the other family connections. A great choice for the theme day.

Halcyon said...

You really have a family history with the school. I love this building. Glad they rebuilt it in the old style instead of making something new. Great choice for today's theme.

carolann said...

Family history was a great choice.

Bethany Carson said...

Very nice architecture! Sounds like your father was a very intelligent man!