Foreword to Olive Oil Lamps &c (by yours truly)Years ago, while still in college, I helped a friend move to a new apartment. Just about the time the last box was hauled up the stairs, the power went out. Fortunately for us, it was not yet dark outside but still, it was spooky as heck for this 20 year old. Thinking this was one grand adventure, we settled in to wait it out. My friend’s apartment had a gas stove so with a little ingenuity, we opened a can of tomato soup and fried up some melted cheese sandwiches for dinner. Then it got dark. I decided to stick around for moral support and also, because my own place would likely be dark and spooky too. What did we know? We were kids. Back in those days, we all had transistor radios so we listened to music and gossiped while waiting for some news about the sudden blackout. The thought of the world ending or a massive EMP did not even cross our minds and ultimately, we learned that a motorist had run into a telephone pole and taken out a substation. I do not believe the term “Prepping” had been invented yet. For college kids of the era, being prepared meant having the aforementioned radio, a bottle of Annie Green Springs and a good sense of humor. That being said, all of the strange noises in a strange place was unsettling so we ventured outdoors to retrieve an old flashlight from the glove compartment of my car. It was pretty well run down so we decided not to use it except for true necessities – such as finding our way down the hall to the bathroom without running into a wall. So there we were: two girls, sitting shoulder to shoulder on the couch in the dark, quietly talking, each determined not to let the other one know she was frightened at being isolated in a totally new place and in complete darkness. How much comfort there would have been in a simple candle-sized flame! During the entire time we huddled there, it never occurred that we actually had a good source of light, one that would have scared away the boogie man we thought for sure was lurking right outside the door. It was right there all along. And so simple as I now know now. But then I had no idea. In one of the yet-unpacked boxes, my friend had a tub of vegetable shortening and a bottle of olive oil – both perfectly good lamp fuels. It would have been so easy to make a small lamp – ridiculously easy. But we didn’t know that. We were two liberated, educated, and sophisticated college girls. We were also clueless. I look back and laugh and shake my head in disbelief. My point is this. The book, Olive Oil Lamps &c., will only take half an hour to read. And yet, when the lights go out, and trust me they will at one time or another, it might turn out to be one of the best thirty-minute investments you ever make. Blackouts don’t always happen when you’re home snuggled up next to your stockpile of candles and Coleman lanterns. Knowing how to create some light from ordinary pantry ingredients just might save the day as well as a few scary moments. Oh – one more thing. Oil lamps are fun to make, budget friendly, and pretty to look at too! I love this little book and know that you will too.
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