Don’t dis­card pieces of his­tory

The Compass - - OPINION -

Are you from Car­bon­ear? You could live here for decades, per­haps sec­ond gen­er­a­tion. But for those who “keep track,” you’re prob­a­bly not con­sid­ered of­fi­cially from the place.

Most of us ei­ther found our way here in ear­lier gen­er­a­tions through the fish­ery, nav­i­ga­tion, the whole­sale or the hos­pi­tals.

The last few years, or per­haps a decade, we see more set­tling here as we have be­come close to work in St. John’s, Bull Arm or Long Har­bour. We are also ap­par­ently close to Fort McMur­ray, with the “turn arounds” and all. The town has a qual­ity of life to of­fer. Likely to­day, less of us still re­mem­ber the noon time whis­tle at the lo­cal fish plant, watch­ing the Satur­day train lazily come around the south side to stop at the sta­tion, or to see the fish­er­men’s trip coastal boat at the wharf.

We must con­tinue to move for­ward to grow and sur­vive. How­ever, there are still a few of us out there who strive for things from the past.

We need to take a sec­ond look be­fore dis­man­tling that old home or sell­ing off un­cle Tom’s make and break en­gine to keep even a few of the lit­tle things that brought us to where we are to­day. Hold onto a collection of those re­main­ing ar­ti­facts for the gen­er­a­tions to fol­low. If we don’t keep our his­tory, oth­ers may step in and keep it for us. Things change.

Keep that wit, tow pin or three clawed jig­ger as the value of these items is far greater than mon­e­tary. It will al­ways carry a story but only if we are will­ing to con­tinue to share that story.

Tourist will come here from near and far to see those items and lis­ten to the tales. Yes, mostly for the yarns.

Will we be left 40 years from now that all we have re­main­ing to show are fad­ing plane ticket stubs from when grand­fa­ther worked in the Tar Sands or a Safety Vest from Aunt Flo in Voisey’s Bay. Cer­tainly doesn’t sound very ex­cit­ing.

Take pride in the com­mu­nity and the town we con­sider home. They say we get out of life what we put in, and that is so true.

— Keith Hardy writes from Car­bon­ear

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