Ashland woman encouraging neighbors to put a light in the window

Baihly Warfield
Updated: April 03, 2020 10:49 PM

ASHLAND, Wis. - In this time that can feel a little dark, Magge Ericson is drawing some inspiration from the Scandinavians. 


"In the far north of Norway, retailers put out candles or lanterns in front of their buildings to show that they are open," she said. 

On a past trip to Norway, Ericson was taken by the simplicity and friendliness of a little light in a window. 

As she was eating dinner recently, she noticed the tealight she put in her window for Christmas was still sitting there. And she turned it on. The sight inspired her to ask others to light up their windows too. 

"Wouldn't it be neat to have this all of a sudden just a wave start throughout the United States, being passed from person to person?" she asked. 

She wants hope to go viral. 

"It's a visual to realize everybody is in their home. And when you're out walking, it's a nice feeling to know that oh, yes, I remember what that is. That's for hope and that we're in this together," she said. 

Whether it's a lamp, a battery-operated candle, a lantern or even a strand of Christmas lights, just that little ray of light is what's important. 

"Can you imagine being like on a lake and you're at your home and to look across and see another light?" Ericson said. "Or you're in a neighborhood or an apartment and you look across and see that light, and you go, that's right. It's hope, and we're going to make it through this." 


Baihly Warfield

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