Don’t discard pieces of history
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