Here I am as a fresh-faced 4-year-old. I was a talkative kid with a crazy imagination who had big time problems enunciating my S’s. How do I know all of this? Because of an audio tape.
Growing up, my dad was quite the photographer. Famous for catching me in all sorts of compromising positions (see here, be warned), he loved capturing candid family memories through photography and audio tapes.
When I was 18, I randomly discovered an interview-style audio recording my dad had made with me in the summer of 1981. It was an amazing experience to hear myself as a spunky mouth-breathing 4-year-old rattle on and on about my friend named Breezy and Monchichi Dolls.
I recited the Pledge of Allegiance (sort of), sang the alphabet song, and offered my philosophies on things like my favorite toys, my friends on my street, and why I needed a dog “really bad.”
I presented the tape as a gift to my dad for Father’s Day that year. His emotional response proved to me, even as a childless woman of 18, just how precious the memories of our children really are. But even still, that audio tape was just as much a gift for me as it was for him.
I knew when I became a mom that I’d want to capture the big moments and milestones, but I also knew I wanted to capture the everyday. I wanted to record the spills, big tears, silly faces, crazy phases, and all the rest of the stuff that make my kids uniquely them. While I never finished their baby books, I’ve taken thousands and thousands of photos and recorded hours upon hours of video. Some of it monumental, most of it beautifully ordinary.
My kids may not realize it now, but every step I take in capturing our family’s memories is a digital footprint of our journey together; a journey that can be relived and enjoyed for generations to come.
Parents, I encourage you to join me in capturing the beauty of your everyday. Our kids are growing fast and changing all the time. We may not be able to stop the clock, but we have the power to preserve the precious memories forever.
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