St. Augustine, in Northern Florida, is the site of the oldest permanent aid to navigation in North America, starting with a Spanish watchtower built in the 1500s. The present St. Augustine Lighthouse stands 165 feet tall on Anastasia Island, off the Atlantic Ocean. This structure was built in the late 1800s and still uses the original 1874 hand-blown, nine-foot-tall, Fresnel lens, from Paris, France.
This week, Scott and I traveled to Florida to surprise his grandmother Carolyn Capp and the whole family with a paver stone on the path to the St. Augustine Lighthouse: Celebrating the love and light of Henry and Carolyn Capp and their family.
We climbed the 219 steps to enjoy and now share the uplifting views of St. Augustine: the historic downtown with the Bridge of Lions and Flagler College, the Matanzas River, the Salt Run, Anastasia Island, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
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You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from the St. Augustine Lighthouse – Florida
The following text I wrote as the introduction to sharing this video on Facebook and Google+ on November 22nd. Once I had written it, I realized I wanted to include it in this post as well:
It seems that within the last week, I keep being reminded more and more of family and of how precious life is. The attacks in Paris, making sure my cousins in France are okay, a trip to see Scott’s grandmother, mother and other family, a dear friend’s mother passing away, my anxiety about flying through Frankfurt (during this time of terrorist threats) on an upcoming trip to see my family, laughing with both my parents when we chatted via Facetime earlier today, planning a group trip for Scott and my 20th anniversary with those of our friends who have become our family…
All these thoughts and reminders and associated emotions swirl around my head and heart. Family is so universal, yet unique. Life is so fragile and finite. I think about how important it is to be together, to reach out, to be kind to one another and to express our love, appreciation, gratitude – especially with family, but not only. Sometimes that’s very difficult, sometimes it’s easy. But it always matters.
My video for this week captures such an expression of love, appreciation and gratitude for Scott’s grandfather (who passed away 10 years ago) and Scott’s grandmother and all their children, grandchildren and the whole gang. We took an opportunity to express this via a paver stone at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which was special to Scott’s grandfather and, being a helpful beacon of light, is probably a meaningful symbol to most people.
One doesn’t have to make grand gestures to show one’s appreciation for another person. But I hope that my video, and maybe my words, will inspire you to reach out to a loved one today and tell them that you appreciate them, that you’re grateful for them – no matter if through a grand gesture or just a quick text. Just do it before tomorrow may change everything yet again.