Another one of those a’ha moments yesterday…did we decide that someone before Oprah called them a’ha moments? Anyway, falling into the wow things have changed category. I was messaging with the girls yesterday about what to do with some wedding photos that are no longer, shall we say, relevant. Photos to me are hard copy pictures of the events that have occurred in my life that I used to love to pull out and reminisce about …. usually with a magnifying glass because often the pictures were so bad…that was my young adulthood. Now I don’t even print pictures out – they are on my computer or in cyberspace and of such good quality that I would not be surprised if the subject matter walked off the page 3D. The girls said that they have kept what they wanted and I could do with them whatever I want to do with them. One of them said she doesn’t like to have the hard copies because she doesn’t know what to do with the clutter…she can look at them on line whenever she wants to. But, can you just discard pictures…OH MY..while the marriage may not be intact anymore, it WAS a part of our history…50 years down the road, No one is going to want all of the pictures of the event…other than perhaps some shots of the grandparents, etc.
I do embrace, without qualms, the digital way of doing things…and I just came to the realization that I probably do not need to keep every snapshot of every rocket and it’s parts that I took in 1993 at NASA in Houston. It’s the pictures of people and a few pictures of vacation to remind me when I’m 80 about the year and the trips and what we all looked like then and what purse I was carrying…
So…I’m going to attempt to weed out some snapshots, scan the ones I want to keep and leave the rest in photo albums knowing that I have what I want and when it is time, I or someone can discard them. I find it hard to believe that the grandchildren are not going to want to keep all of the pictures of g’ma and g’pa’s cats…but maybe that’s true.
Until next time….