I’m a big fan of actual physical photographs in real photo albums. When I was growing up, one of my favourite things to do was to look back at all the photos starting at my birth, and going forward. It was so interesting to me to be able to see my baby pictures, as well as the baby pictures of my siblings. More recently, it was important to me to have these kinds of albums, too! That way, my kids would be able to look back at old photos of them. I also printed out photos from the first few years of my marriage, and I have other albums from when I was in high school. They’re just fun to look at, and great to post on throw back Thursdays on Instagram and Facebook.
Last week, my Avil (my grandfather) passed away, and I was able to take on a task that would be a great help to my parents, aunts and uncles: to scan photographs of him and create a slideshow for the reception after the funeral. It ended up taking pretty well a full day, but all the time put into it was so worth it. There were pictures from when he was in the Navy, pictures from his wedding to my Amma, and all kinds of pictures of when the cousins were growing up. It meant a lot to me to be able to do this, because it meant that I got to spend the whole day with him, and see so many parts of his life. If a picture is worth a thousand words, those pictures told thousands of stories with millions of words.
So now, I think that printed photographs are even more important to me. It’s so important to be able to look back and see all the pictures of this crazy thing we call life. So, friends and family, don’t be surprised if I start taking more photos going forward 😉