As we empty the basement we’ve located two very large bins of photographs. I just took a few minutes to look at some, but I’d need much more time to go through all of them. I eventually want to spend about a month doing nothing but scanning all the photos and storing them on an external hard drive. I’ll also divide the pictures into different areas: ancient [my grandparents and back,] my parents and siblings and husbands family, my kiddies – each with themselves plus each other. Then with the last, I’d make copies for all three of them in a memory box, and also store on a flash drive for each of them. Sounds ambitious, I know, but once I know what we’re doing real estate wise, I’ll be able to put the plan in action.
One thing that hit me was how many family portraits we had. It goes back to my sister and me as babies, then the three of us, and finally the four of us. That last one was sad, because my brother died shortly after that. Then we had formal photos of us as grown-ups and some with our kids in them. Then there were the gazillion ones of my kiddies as they grew. Finally are several portraits of just the five of us. The last one was taken eleven years ago!
Now, all my photos are digital, and they’re stored on hard drives. My daughter takes pictures every day, and when I get them, I store them as well. In my head, I create all sorts of ways to display them. I have two frames ready to fill and photos saved for them. The first will be a collage of Little Guy’s first year in the center, and then his additional two years added around it. The other frame has twelve 3”x4” openings and one big 5”x7” space. I’ll use it for the younger one’s month-by-month first year, and a big one of his first birthday. Then I’ll attach small cup hooks to the bottom to add photos of his two, three, and four-year-old birthdays. After four, they’ll have school photos I can frame.
As I looked over the old family portraits, I wanted an up-to-date one. Conveniently, our church is scheduling a photo week for a parish directory. There’s no charge for the sitting, and you get a free 8”x10” copy. You can order extras, so I think we’ll splurge a little for another big one. The problem is trying to choose a date convenient for all. We have to factor in my son-in-law’s crazy ER schedule, the little boys’ activities, the big boys’ events, and whether they want their girlfriends in the photo. Thank goodness for email which I’m using to try and settle on one date. If it doesn’t work out, and we can’t agree on one time, then I’ll still try to take a photo when we’re all together and have it enlarged at one of the many drugstores who do that.
I can see me in the years ahead, looking back on all these photos and remembering the many good times in my life.