My brother ended up with my mom's photo albums. Luckily, he hired someone to scan all the images and we now have hundreds of my mom's photos captured forever. The only problem is, there are literally hundreds of snapshots that had no captions. And even ones with the captions mention names I've never heard of. Sometimes I stare at some of these images and try to imagine what was going on. Was she having fun that day? Why does she look sad in this one? Who is that guy with her in this picture? I truly wish I had sat on the couch with my mom and her photo albums while she was still able to tell me. I really wish I could hear the stories behind these images.
There are people in your life that want to hear your stories. Your children do. And their children do (or will.) Taking the time to put your stories on video might be the greatest gift you can give your children (and your great-grandchildren too.)
This holiday season, put aside an hour or two for the family to gather around with your family photographs. Tell them the stories. Answer their questions. Share your memories. And don't forget to use your own camcorder or smartphone to videotape and preserve the moment forever. It's an inexpensive gift that will last an eternity.
Happy holidays from Larry and Mia at Surprisingly Good.