I can’t believe that today is our last day here at woodland! It really feels like the summer started just a few days ago. But I guess everything must come to an end.
Last few days were little slower than the usual, but we still got a lot of things done! We didn’t start any major projects, of course, since we didn’t want to leave any stones unfinished. After all, there are only so many things you can get done within few days. So instead, we went back to fixing individual stones that needed simple repairs. We stood up some monuments – the ones that had enough space between the end of the stone and the inscription because we don’t need a key for those – and we also edged multiple footstones. It is important to edge these stones once in a while because grass tend to cover them up with time. I guess we could say that even these small tasks allow us to preserve more history, which is why I really enjoyed this summer job.
Now, time for some reflection:
I absolutely loved working at Woodland as a monument conservator. I learned so many things I would not have learned elsewhere. First, I may have lived most of my life in London, but I honestly did not know much about London’s history. Working here, I learned so much about London. What a rich history this city has to offer! I also learned various skills that I never imagined to learn. I remember that in the beginning of the summer, our boss, Paul, saying that there are only handful of people in Ontario, if not Canada, who knows how to restore monuments. And surprise – we (Alyssa, Peter, MacKenzie and I) are now a part of those handful number of people. Not only that, but I was also able to hone my communication and problem-solving skills. I am sure all the valuable skills I learned from Woodland will come in handy at some point in my life.
Also, it was such a pleasure to work with all the staff here at Woodland. In one sentence: everyone was amazing. So many of woodland staff helped us throughout the summer and without them, we would not have been able to complete our projects. I don’t think I have ever met a better team to work with than the Woodland Team! Last but not least, I thank YOU for following our journey throughout the summer. I hope you enjoyed our journey as much as we did! We loved sharing our stories with you!!
Thank you everyone and for the last time,