Monday, September 1, 2014

Preserving Memories

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,

10 comments:

  1. Wow!! What an undertaking.....but YES...worth the investment of time!! I was an avid scrapbooker before I started quilting five years ago and am so grateful to have photo/scrapbooks of our girls childhood. :)

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    1. I wish I could say I was ever that organized but in truth I was lucky to have been able to keep up with the baby books! I just know those scrap books are amazing.

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  2. Patricia, I am so glad that you were able to give this wonderful gift of captured memories for them and their families to enjoy for generations to come. What a good thing it is that you took those pictures all those years and held on to the slides! I hope your husband is enjoying his retirement years. Kudos to him for jumping right in and getting that worthwhile project completed!

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    1. The boys were truly happy to get the pictures and have since posted pictures of themselves on Facebook from years past. They like showing them to their kids too. My husband is nothing if not tenacious and he hates to sit with nothing to do in the evenings so it's a win/win!

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  3. This is a wonderful gift for your children... I know it is a labor of love!
    Susie

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    1. The guys and their wives were truly happy to receive this and I'm really happy to see those slides have new life. They bring back so many wonderful memories.

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  4. yes it is a huge daunting task. kudos to you for taking it on. we gave photo albums to both our kids and left it to them to preserve them. fun to go back through the years and remember those times.........

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    1. If I had given them boxes of slides I know exactly what would have happened to them - oops! If only that had been an option. I like your solution.

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  5. Great idea Patrica. I have tons of photos that need to be organized...only need to find the time and those patience of iron :)

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    1. As you can tell I'm not the one in this family with the patience/will of iron to stand up to this task. So glad to have my man who has what it takes for this job! :-)

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