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Lobsters and Lighthouses


Last month, my husband and I made a trip to the state of Maine with a few simple goals—eating fresh lobster, visiting numerous lighthouses, and exploring a state we had never visited. Luckily, we were able to accomplish all these goals and more. Don’t get me wrong, the seafood was amazing (everything from lobster to oysters!), but for me, the highlight of the trip were the lighthouses.


I have always been fascinated by lighthouses. They have lots of distinctive features, including unique structures and dramatic locations. One of the most interesting aspects of lighthouses are the individuals and families who served as light keepers. I often wonder what their lives were like, staying in a remote area with the immense responsibility of maintaining the light that would guide ships to safety. It must have been comforting for the ships at sea, knowing they could always count on the lights to be there.


In some ways, we bear a similar responsibility in our lives, guiding (or being guided) by others. For me, there have been countless individuals who have guided me through the ups and downs of life—my husband, sons, parents, family, and friends. In some small way, I hope I have done the same for them. Everyday gestures don’t have to be grand, just “being there” is often enough. Take a moment and be a lightkeeper to someone in your life.



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