Tenants Harbor Light, courtesy Jeremy D’Entremont
Other lighthouse children stayed with families on the mainland for the whole school year, only seeing their parents on holidays. When Roscoe Fletcher was the Keeper at Matinicus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Maine, his two daughters boarded with friends and relatives on shore during the school year and visited with their parents at vacation time. However, sometimes, bad weather prevented their visits, especially during winter vacations, and as a result, several Christmases were spent with the girls on the mainland because the weather was too bad for them to get out to the Rock.
Dick Campbell’s father was the keeper at Old Mackinac Point on Huron Island in Lake Superior. Dick, his mother and siblings, stayed on the mainland in the winter when ice blocked boat traffic in the lake. Each Christmas, the family looked forward to a reunion with their father, which was only possible if the ice allowed the assistant keeper to relieve Keeper Campbell so he could leave the lighthouse.
It can be quite a challenge getting children to school. Today, parents have to make sure shots are updated, supplies are bought, and lunchboxes and backpacks are ready. Schedules have to be posted and coordinated within the family.
But despite the hassle, parents desire to have their children educated and prepared for a successful future. So, parents, take heart! You’re doing the right thing.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
What challenges do you face getting your children to school?