Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I just got back from my youngest son's kindergarten graduation. Those kiddos are so adorable at that age. I took my video camera and recorded the whole thing, mostly because I have a DVD of my older son's graduation and I don't want anyone feeling left out. I'll have to work on converting it over to a DVD, perhaps in time to give it to Grandma Nancy when we visit this summer.
It is so much harder to keep up on the photos and memory keeping with your second (or more) child. I have a fraction of the photos, despite the fact that we all have digital cameras now. I have box after box of video tapes from one camera or another that I have to get transferred before I break ANOTHER camcorder. And those digital photos are hopelessly disorganized and have multiple copies on my hard drive, due to backups and extra downloads. It seems like it is a full time job preserving what is happening NOW for people to appreciate in the future. I don't even have my wedding album finished, 12 years after the big day.
Still, it is worth doing. Sometimes on a boring, rainy afternoon, my house is filled with laughter from my boys watching their earlier selves. I put together a DVD, back when I worked for a company that had all the equipment to make this easy, called "The Amazing Adventures of Beck and Ethan" It was about the time my oldest was in Kindergarten and I made it as a Mother's Day presents for the grandmas. Three out of four of those grandmas and great grandmas are now gone but I'm sure they treasured the glimpse into our daily life.
If you are great about memory keeping, good for you. Keep it up because your children or grandchildren will love you for it some day. If you aren't so great about this, do what you can. You don't have to use a video camera or even photos. Some of the best (and funniest) memories I have from my own childhood are from audio cassettes that my brothers and sisters and I recorded: plays, commercials, songs. It is hilarious and sometimes touching. If you don't have access to any of this, take a moment and write down some precious memories of your own or ask your kids to tell you what they remember about last Christmas, or what they want to be when they grow up. You will be so glad you did!
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