|The Fisherman and the Syren, byFrederic Leighton, c. 1856–1858 (Wikipedia)|
I bet he was less than thrilled to see a manatee. Columbus was awfully skillful at managing his expectations and making the best of things though, so maybe he wasn't too upset.
I often wonder what my father would make of the ability to Google the answer to nearly any questions you had about your daily life. If my Dad wasn't affected by his Alzheimer's would he be online finding bits of news to read me? I'd like to think he would, but I also figure he'd cling to his newspaper and books because he wouldn't want them to be replaced by the glow of a computer screen entirely. I think of his love of learning every day and each time I read something "of note" to my husband I think "I am my father's daughter". When I see my rolling eyes echoed in Andy's wonder at where I get this stuff, I know I am a Kilbert through and through.