Growing up, I would often visit my grandparents in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The bedroom I would sleep in was upstairs and faced the Fond du Lac Lighthouse. During the winter, the city of Fond du Lac will decorate Lakeside Park with a plethora of holiday lights and the marquee decoration seems to be a cut-out of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the top of the lighthouse. Rudolph’s nose would be the lighthouse’s blinking red beacon.
For a kid, it was the coolest thing ever: after climbing into bed, I would watch Rudolph’s nose blink on the top of the lighthouse until I drifted off to sleep.
I’m fairly certain that’s why, even now, I have a weak spot in my heart for lighthouses.