Where Are the Light Switches? Essay

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The task before Dad, Deb, and me was to gather the essentials necessary to scratch out an acceptable existence in this hostile Comfort Island environment. One more night as a family at the Maple Crest and then we’d move to our respective residences. I realized, as did Dad and Deb, that we had important preparations to make. We needed to get kerosene for the oil lamps, gas for the water pump and ice for the icebox. The prospect of using the coal stove anytime soon was not a serious concern.
Dad had made a list and after he returned from taking the plumber back to shore, we scouted around to see what we had and what we still needed. We conducted our search together. In the storage room beyond the kitchen I spotted two tongs that resembled a
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The task before Dad, Deb, and me was to gather the essentials necessary to scratch out an acceptable existence in this hostile Comfort Island environment. One more night as a family at the Maple Crest and then we’d move to our respective residences. I realized, as did Dad and Deb, that we had important preparations to make. We needed to get kerosene for the oil lamps, gas for the water pump and ice for the icebox. The prospect of using the coal stove anytime soon was not a serious concern.
Dad had made a list and after he returned from taking the plumber back to shore, we scouted around to see what we had and what we still needed. We conducted our search together. In the storage room beyond the kitchen I spotted two tongs that resembled a giant pair of scissors with circular hand grips and two curved hinged pieces with pointed barbs at the lower end of each steel shaft. “What are these for, Dad?”
“Those are ice tongs, Tad, and we’re going to need those to fetch ice for the ice box.”
Dad was making important discoveries of his own. Tucked into a drawer in one corner were wicks for the kerosene lamps. A couple of old miner’s lamps were sitting under a table as well.
In a rare display of exuberance and vitality, Dad was up and ready to go by mid-morning of the following day. The plan was for Mom and Betsy to take the car and their luggage to the TI Club and to get settled in there. In the meantime Dad, Deb, and I would get supplies then proceed to Comfort where we’d get

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