When I first started in the field of Interpretation, 1992 in Cleveland Metroparks, I discovered an amazing new way of gathering information. The internet ("Cleveland Freenet", at the time) provided me with lyrics and background on a song I had been searching for. One response came from Texas, another from New Hampshire, and I was so excited that I could hardly contain myself! Now, I can do this same thing on my phone, and download a copy of the song as well.
Sure, this may not seem like a big deal, and I take these things for granted most of the time. It has been interesting to jump back and forth between the 19th and 21st century this summer, and try to not let the time periods collide. But collisions are inevitable, and we can only approach "living history", never really to reach it.
In the bigger picture, however, there is an overarching theme we all interpret. Things change. Whether it is the slow geologic change in landforms and rocks, the incremental evolution of living things, or the seasonal changes of creatures striving to survive, they are all fodder for our storytelling. Time is one unstoppable force, and marches on whether we like it or not. Sometimes it is welcomed, sometimes fiercely resisted, but ever moving to sweep away the old, and make way for the new. It is the very essence of virtually every story we tell.
Today will be a big change for me, as it will be the last day I will call myself a Hocking College employee. For over 18 years, this place has become a part of who I am. Hocking has changed me, and I have changed it, I think. Every student, co worker, trip, trail, building, etc. has left an impression. And while I spend a good deal of time looking back (as an Historical Interpreter), the only way to personally deal with change is with a forward vision. Personally, I don't believe in any grand design, or fated destination. We make our future out of the present that is dealt to us. And, for an Interpreter, it sure makes for some great stories!