Week 25, Scituate Lighthouse, Scituate, MA
I honestly never even knew this lighthouse was here. I grew up only 15 miles away and had no idea. My mother loved lighthouses. She even had this quilt of Massachusetts lighthouses . I like them because I feel like they represent the best of us. People building them in the 1800's and manning them during storms to help perfect strangers with safe passage.
One of my favorite quotes captures what it is like to be a natural health practitioner. "Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." -Anne Lamott.
My sister and I started the day having an amazing lunch at the Mill Warf Restaurant in Scituate Harbor. The food was great, the view was beautiful and the weather was perfect. If you live on the South Shore and have visitors that want the "Coastal New England Experience," then take them here.
After that we walked around the cute shops and then headed over the the lighthouse. Is a short lighthouse but it is the 11th one ever built in the US. But my favorite things about this experience was the story about the The Lighthouse Army of Two. In September, 1814, during the War of 1812, Rebecca and Abagail Bates warded off an attack by British soldiers by playing their fife and drum loudly. The British retreated since they thought the sound came from the Scituate town militia.
Then on the way home I came up to a stop light and saw a general store. I had an automatic flash back to my summers from age 12-17. My mom enrolled me in Young People's Summer Theater and lied and told them I was 13 as you had to be 13 to join. I started late and everyone knew each other.
I remember walking up the path to the church hall where we rehearsed and I was sooo scared. It seemed larger than life and I was pretty sure I wouldn't last the week. But a few months later I was given the "Twinkie Award" for Best Newcomer. I loved it so much and it saved me from a see of junior high angst and depression. I finally found a place where I fit in and had fun.
I took a right and found the church and sat in the parking area for a bit just soaking in the memories before going home.