Recently, I’ve run into a couple of bloggers who are doing something cool. We’re talking about the “Mom” thing~ preserving family stories. These clever authors are doing it “as it happens,” starting with babyhood for their Grandbaby or own little one!
This is what I call a fabulous idea!
Dorian and her Mama are doing a bang-up job of documenting her little, adorable, wanna-smoosh-and-kiss-those-fleshy-baby-cheeks days! Longtime blogger Locksands welcomed her new Grandbaby with a round of thoughts describing the world, and the day, and the people she was being born in to the arms of in contrast to her own years here. It was fabulous! What a terrific idea, certainly a way to go over and above the perfunctory “Baby’s 1st Year” book.
…Man, if they would have only invented blogging sooner…
Here in “Mom-land” I have a long standing tradition (let’s count here…my oldest is now in the 22nd grade…yes…I’ve done it now for 23 years). Annually, on the first day of school, I’ve made my Sweeties stand in front of the same bush at the front of our house to have a photo taken. For the sake of identifying the grade level, they’ve been directed to hold up enough fingers to correspond with the grade they were about to start… that part didn’t always work.
Kindergarten was a zero made to look like an “OK” sign. Freshman year of high school, we reverted back to one and worked our way back up to four for Senior year. As college started, again, the single finger for Freshman year and so on.
Siblings joined into and left the photo as they aged in and out of the school yard.
One summer we moved to a new house before school started. Along with the excitement of their new rooms, the kids thought they would also be gifted with an end to the annual ritual. Sorry kids, a new crop of photo-shrubs came with the new home!
Some years the kids were excited and compliant. Other years they were surly and down right grouchy. In many shots they seem to be cringing with embarrassment because cars were passing by on the street.
“What if someone sees us?!” they growled into my camera.
But, kid after kid–year after year–Mom won. I got my photo!
My God Child’s parents came up with an exceptionally clever idea before she was born. Recently we all enjoyed the fruits their dedication at their daughter’s wedding. Brit was born on the 22nd of the month. Starting in the first moments of her arrival and continuing monthly then,on each subsequent 22nd through her second birthday they filmed her for a few minutes. With imperfect (some times they missed by a week or so) but amazing amount of diligence, they were able to select a quick little 15-30 second snippet of video showcasing who she was on that particular day and what she was doing.
Beyond her 2nd birthday party, they continued with small clips of each subsequent birthday, First Communion, Christmas mornings by the tree ringed knee deep in gifts etc. Sort of like the bush in our “First day of school” photo shoots, their backdrops changed over the years. So did the video recording equipment and format. Eventually siblings started to appear in “cameos” on the “22nd” video clips– not to worry though, each of the younger brothers and sisters also had their own day of the month for “stardom.”
The real struggle to persevere for their parents was in the giant (and often expensive) leaps that technology took over the years. They had to constantly upgrade and transfer their precious moments from 8mm to Beta to VHS to digital and on to the “Cloud” and YouTube.
And, amazingly enough, they upheld their video documenting tradition through and after divorcing!
At Brit’s wedding reception, seeing this near 30 year compilation roll by on a small screen in the corner was a huge treat. Certainly an awesome payoff for the proud in-house Paparazzi. My beautiful bride of a Goddaughter was truly moved. I don’t think she ever considered that Mom and Dad were constantly organizing and preserving all those silly films clips into a larger work.
What are you letting slip by? It’s never too early or late to start racking up the story fodder and amassing the data.
* Would the “fam” be more eager to participate if they understood the method behind your madness?
*Could you begin work now on a top secret surprise masterpiece for a special day in their lives?
* How do you visually document and organize your clan?
*Are you keeping current with the technology needed to preserve all those “snaps”?
Perhaps most importantly–Do you suppose a day will dawn when I’m forced to rename my blog: “Maybe someone should hologram that…” ??????????????????????????????????????