Sea Girt, courtesy US Coast Guard
Once again, he rejected offers of offshore positions – at Connecticut’s New London Ledge, and Greens Ledge Light, in Long Island Sound – that would have separated him from his daughters. Mr. Thomas advised the Office of Lighthouse Superintendent he sought a “vacancy as keeper where I can take my family.”
When the keeper’s position at Sea Girt was offered October 16, 1931, Mr. Thomas was quick to respond. “Please be advised that I am holding myself in readiness to report for duty. Thank you for your kindness in this matter.” By the end of the month, the Thomas family was living at Sea Girt Lighthouse.
While George tended the lighthouse, Alice and Lucy took responsibility for shopping, preparing meals, doing the wash. In the spring they planted a garden, just as they had at Shinnecock. At nights, George and his daughters gathered in the parlor to read, chat or play cribbage or cards.
Keeper George Thomas retired in 1940, and his grown daughters settled nearby.
George was a good father to his daughters, looking to their best interests. In the same way, our Heavenly Father takes care of us, His children.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13
How has your Heavenly Father taken care of you?