Capturing Family MemoriesDawn Meehan
Sometimes, I worry that I’m a candidate for Alzheimer’s. All too often, I walk into a room and stop in my tracks, stand there, and stare into space, wondering why on earth I walked into the room in the first place. I know I had a purpose for walking over here. It’s so frustrating! My kids will ask me, “Mom, did you sign the permission slip? It’s due today” and not only did I forget to sign it, but I can’t even remember where I put it! I fear my memory is failing me. Maybe it’s old age. Perhaps it’s because I have too many things to remember. Or maybe I had one too many adult beverages in my younger days and I killed off a few too many brain cells. Or, most likely, my kids have sucked the smart right out of my head.
Whatever the reasons, I fear I’m losing my memory and it’s becoming increasingly important to me that I document everything on video so that when I’m old (okay, oldER) and in a home, my kids can show me home movies of them doing the crazy things they do and I can understand just why I have no memory (or hair) left.
I videotape holidays opening presents Christmas morning, hunting for Easter eggs, etc. and I videotape those special occasions baptisms, school band concerts, vacations to Disney World, etc. But my favorite things to record are those ordinary moments. I love to watch old videos of the kids simply playing, or talking to each other. I like to remember how the kids looked when they were little. I love hearing their cute little voices (which weren’t asking for money or car keys) back then. I wish I’d taken more video of my kids over the years and I intend to start recording more now because it’s never too late to start. Plus, I’m creating quite the collection of embarrassing material to show to the kids’ future boyfriends/girlfriends/spouses. Heh heh heh.
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