Time is getting short for my time here at Them Days once again. I have no regrets in coming home this summer and joining Them Days’ little team for the second summer in a row. This will probably be my last summer with Them Days but I will definitely be back- even just to visit from time to time.
I was expecting this summer to be similar to last- archival work, walking tours and research requests. Which, don’t get me wrong, was a great thing to do and came with its benefits. However, I feel that this summer I was able to fully immerse myself into the magazine and dive deeper into Labrador Culture. This summer I conducted a little bit of my own research, made and designed my own Snapchat GeoFilter in Photoshop for Aboriginal Day, attended a Healthy Waters Labrador event where I got to talk to, interact and interview some elders and people who previously resided on Birch Island, and my biggest and definitely most tedious task was creating the 2018 Calendar from the bare foundation. Making the calendar was very fun but also very stressful at some points. I firmly believe that I can now put “Proficient in Adobe InDesign” on my resume. With the creation of the calendar, I was able to look at a lot of different photos of Labrador life and learn a lot of its history through choosing special dates and/or holidays to go in the calendar. I’m beyond excited to see the finished product and to have it in your home just as much as mine!
As most things I do with Them Days are an incredible experience- I think my favourite one to date is spending hours in the depths of the Them Days Tape Collection. For a reason that I’m not allowed to share with our audience yet, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to countless amounts of interviews. My fondest memories are going to be spending rainy days in our cozy office listening to the relaxing sound of Doris Saunders and Aimee talk to different people from all over Labrador and throughout Canada. All the way from British Columbia to Labrador. I also managed to go and find a few of my own interviews and take a quick listen and do a bit of reminiscing. The sound of “This is Bradley Baker and I’m here with…” just has prideful ring to it in my brain. I don’t know if it’s because of my actual voice or if I’m just very proud of being a part of such an important attribute to Labrador’s history…probably both.
I’ve very much enjoyed my time in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer. I’ve made some new friends and reconnected with old ones and have had an exciting time creating some new memories. But, sadly, all good things must come to an end. At the end of next week I’m flying back to St. John’s to continue my studies. Saying hello again to the city life is always exciting but I know I’ll be counting down the days until I can get back to my little town come Christmas time.
If you’re a St. John’s (and vicinity) reader and would like to contribute to Them Days, despite having an extremely busy semester coming up, I’m planning on checking my Them Days email weekly. If you have a story to tell or are wondering where to donate to the archive, just shoot me an email at Bradleybaker@themdays.com. So, thank you to the readers of this blog who enjoyed my content over the last two summers! It’s been fun interacting with everyone.
PS: Aimee, if you’re reading this, I stole your desk for the summer- love the comfy set up.