Here it is, a lifetime of memories stored in cardboard boxes. Over 40 years of birthday parties and Christmas mornings, soccer games and graduations, family road trips and goofy kids just being kids.
When we were a young couple just starting out we did not have the money necessary to develop the pictures we took of our family events so our solution was to have those pictures made into slides, much cheaper process in those days. Never mind that we didn't own a slide projector or fancy screen to view the slides! When Chris got his first teaching job we had been married six years and were so excited because not only did we have a steady paycheck but we could borrow the school projector and take a look at the family archive! Eventually we saved enough to purchase a slide projector of our very own because I used it to teach my childbirth education classes but we never had enough to buy those fancy carousel things, always loaded the slides one by one.
Skip ahead 30 thirty years. Look what has taken over the upstairs bedroom. Chris is retired and he has made it his mission to sort, catalog and scan those precious memories to preserve them for our children and ourselves. Thank goodness for the digital age. What used to take up boxes and boxes of space can now be stored on one flash drive. All you need is infinite patience and a will of iron! Sort, label,
scan; sort, label scan... day after day, month after month. We have an old
computer that's not connected to the internet and not much use for
anything but it turns out to be perfect for this task.
When we had the kids all together in Mammoth in July for our big family vacation we were able to give each of them a flash drive with every childhood photo from birth through teen years and beyond. Their grand parents smile proudly on christening days and those first day of school shots march past, each child growing taller and more reluctant to pose until finally the diploma is proudly displayed, baby faces giving way to young men with beards.
And, just to keep them humble we made sure to include shots of those questionable fashion choices!
Make sure that you preserve your family memories while you still can.
Until next time,