Today people in business and at home have little cause for record-keeping of the paper type. Bills are paid online. Communication takes place by way of emails or texts. Even the written word is replaced by Kindle and e-Readers. Digital formatting is the stock-in-trade for just about everything today.
There's the good and the not-so-good of this migration away from all things printed. I could
For some months now I've been scanning hard copy photos into a stand alone, backup hard drive. Many photos in my collection are faded & worn; some hardly recognizable thanks to the anything-but-colorfast-Poloraids of yesteryear. It's taking me hours and hours and hours of input, due largely to the Herculean effort to crop, enhance color & identify each one. All this spans years that reach back to the late 1800s and journey forth to the present. I've finally made my way into the early 1990s, which is to say I've covered a great deal of ground. I'm nowhere near finished.
There's been an unexpected & mostly delightful aspect to said determined digitization: re-living the past. In most instances I am warmed, or find myself laughing aloud. In others, I feel more somber; sometimes sad. Unbelievably, I can place myself back there, in a specific scene, as if it were happening in the present. What a way to time travel!
My long term goal in reaching the Photo-Finish Line (pun intended) is that all the photos in my possession will be saved permanently. I will then have the ability to download one photo or many for my family. No one will be forced to guess at who/where/what is the photo's content after me and those of my generation are long gone.
Anyway, no deep thought here today. Mostly I'm marking memories. Given the project du jour, there are many such to mark.
For instance ...
When the children were little ...
Our boys (forever seeking to
outdo the other) tying flies.
One of many family dinners
with our children.
A familiar scene when a
grandbaby heads to Grandma's bathtub.
My sisters & me sorting through my
mother's documents & photos,
attempting to figure out what was what.
Fun times with my sisters
and brothers-in-law (I'm taking
Wee me, Mom & sisters
Dolores & Carol.
There's just sooooo many to choose from; and I'm tempted to post hundreds. Sufficient for now is the blessings brought on by this project. THEY can't be digitized.
The Lord has been mindful of us ...
He will bless those who fear the Lord,
Both small and great.
May the Lord give you increase
more and more.
You and Your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
The dead do not praise the Lord,
Nor any who do down into silence.
But we bless the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 115:12, 13-15, 17-18