The pandemic has transformed everything including family. Last year, I found solace in how Millennial parents were able to spend more time with their children because schools were shut down and parents were working remotely. Parents slowed down and took road trips because air travel was a risk. Somehow the world seemed better for families in the early days of the pandemic.
The US Lighthouse Board understood the value of family. Wives, daughters and sons sometimes fulfilled the duties of a light keeper without pay. Wives and daughters filled in when the light keeper was absent or died.
New Dorp Lighthouse was a family station located two miles from the shore. It was part of a system of three sets of lights to mark the Lower New York Bay. Female keepers Annie C Langston 1901-1902, Mary Coons 1908 served officially. Their husbands preceded them as light keepers.
When I am not traveling to or painting lighthouses, I am writing or researching lighthouses.