March 11, 2019 – “Egg-and-Spoon Race and Babies”

Hello, everyone!

Sometimes, the contents of archival materials do not yield exciting journeys and experiences. More often than not, the vast majority contain more mundane slices of life. I experienced the latter as I reviewed the Home Movie Collection today.

As with every Monday, the first act of my shift consisted of gathering cleaning supplies and scrubbing desk in the fifth-floor study hall. While most of the desks did not need much cleaning, a few required a little extra attention. In the end, I eventually cleaned them all within thirty minutes.

After returning all the cleaning supplies, I did my due diligence and checked the shelving cart in the stacks. Sure enough, three or five books waited for me to shelve them. I experienced no difficulties in locating where the books belonged.

As for the Home Movie Collection, I plugged the hard drive in and resumed my progress. Unfortunately, most of the footage dealt with birthdays and parents doting on their babies. Nothing very interesting except a family recording the growth of their daughter from a month old to a year later (really fascinating to watch). One thing did catch my eye, though.

In footage about a boy’s birthday party at a resort or hotel, the children participated in an event I never did as a child. The Egg-and-Spoon Race, a relay race dating back to the last decade of the nineteenth century in Britain, involves participants carrying an egg nestled on a spoon (the posture is entirely subjective: the spoon is held either by hand or by teeth) while walking to a designated area and returning back to position. I participated in many relay races in my lifetime and this game remains alien to me. Other than that, nothing of real note.

I did take a break to eat a slice of a cake Mr. Benjamin made. The cakes tasted delicious! Mr. Ogreten offered some chocolate milk to compliment the cake, but we discovered the milk froze in the fridge because it rested on the top shelf. I settled for Coca-Cola instead.

Eventually, the end of my shift approached. I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned all materials to the stacks. While still in the stacks, I checked the cart again and shelved more archival materials. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, I cleaned the fifth-floor study hall desks, shelved books, ate a cake slice, and observed more Home Movie Collection footage. I do need to address a bit of news before ending this entry: I decided to take Friday off and I plan to work next Thursday to make up those hours. For the rest of this week, enjoy it and stay safe! Good night!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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