#AtoZChallenge: My Favorite Things L

Lighthouses

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Can you imagine finding this in a thrift shop?

I don’t remember when I first began to like lighthouses but I’m going to blame St. Vincent DePaul and the oil painting I picked up for almost nothing in his thrift shop. It exemplifies the drama of stormy seas and skies, and the comfort and safety afforded by the warning of the watchful lighthouse. That’s what they’re for and symbolically I take them to stand for protection and warning in other situations as well.

Lots of people are lighthouse fans and after finding this painting I began to notice lighthouse paraphernalia everywhere I went. I haven’t gone crazy with this collection but I have gotten a few gifts that are special. They include my lighthouse in crystal from St. Augustine, lighthouse bookends, notepads, mini prints and calendars.

There is a lighthouse in Seattle near my daughter’s home that I know better than the others because I have been in it and spent time reading its history. I was able to go up to the actual light room and view Puget Sound and West Seattle. On a visit to Pikes Place Market the next day I was going through the watercolor paintings of a local artist and found this one of Alki Point and had to have it.

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Watercolor rendition of Alki Point lighthouse. I have been there.

There are a lot of stories written about lighthouses and I think it’s because they are unusual places built around dangerous waters and were often inhabited by strange people. Most lighthouses today are no longer tended by people but are automated, but the stories live on. One of the better ones I’ve read lately is “Lighthousekeeping” by Jeanette Winterson. The characters in this book are everything I would want as far as intrigue and mystery and the writing is often quotable in its beauty.

Many things in the modern world have influenced our way of navigating dangerous waters, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But I think we still need lighthouses.

Lighthousekeeping

 

Have you been in a lighthouse? Have you read a good lighthouse book?

9 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: My Favorite Things L

  1. It surprised me to learn that St. Vincent dePaul has his own thrift shop!

    I’ve been in the Wind Point Lighthouse in Racine, Wisconsin, and the Cabrillo National Monument Lighthouse in San Diego. In Racine, when I was little, I hoped the fog horn would blow every night. The sound seemed to me to be mournful but comforting and alive, somehow. My parents took us to see the Cabrillo Lighthouse more than once, and we went up to the light and onto the widow’s walk. I’ve taken my son to that one, too.

  2. My husband and I have a fantasy of visiting all the lighthouses in the continental US. 🙂 Maybe one day I’ll put together a photo essay about them instead. Think of the gas money we’ll save! lol

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