Super 8Gabrielle Blair
My sister recently posted a video on youtube. It’s footage from our childhood — from an old Super 8 camera. Actually, the footage is from before my sister was even born! She’s number 7 of 8 kids, and this video was taken when only 6 of the siblings had arrived. There’s no sound. It’s grainy. There are sections that have been destroyed. There’s no plot or focus to the action. In fact, it wasn’t even shot on a particularly special day.
It’s just regular old footage of my siblings as young children swimming in our backyard pool and swinging on the swing set. A glimpse of our kitchen. That sort of thing. The most exciting part is some jumping from the little diving board. : )
But I’m telling you…
…I have watched that footage dozens of times, and so have my kids. It’s such a treasure! They like to guess which kid is which aunt or uncle. They like to get a glimpse of my life as a child. I like to see my mom. She’s in her early 30s, young and stylish. I like to see my father, who died when I was pregnant with my first baby, swimming with his kids and imagining how he might interact with mine.
I don’t know what it is about humans, but making records of our lives seems to be part of our DNA. This thought struck me hard when I visited some prehistoric caves last fall, to get a glimpse of sophisticated cave paintings that are 8000 years old. 8000 years!
After seeing the vintage footage from my childhood, my instinct is to capture every minute of our family’s day on video! How about you? Is there any footage from your childhood? Are you good at capturing footage of your kids?
P.S. — The image at top is the 5 oldest kids in my family, taken a couple of years before the video. I’m the baby in the photo.
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