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Keeping Memories

The other day I read an article on The Huffington Post called “So You’re Feeling Too Fat To Be Photographed” written by Teresa S. Porter.   I’ve got to say, it really struck a chord for me.  Honestly I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever been so personally touched by something I’ve read.  Take a chance to read it for yourself.

Easter 1972 - You can see my sister on the left, she wandered out of the picture.  Mom dressed us in the matching outfits she made us.
Easter 1973 – You can see my sister on the left, she wandered out of the picture. Mom dressed us in the matching outfits she made us.

I’ve never liked the way I looked in pictures.  Ever.  My parents weren’t really big picture takers, but managed to take some when my sister and I were kids.  They seemed to stop when I was in my mid-teens and my sister was about nine or ten.  There were a few here and there… we had a few of the Olan Mills pictures in there, a few of specific outings. Once my daughter was born that changed for a while but tapered off as time went on and we went back to our usual routine.

Me and my first boyfriend (who turned into one of the best friends I could ever have) Christmas 1981.  This is one of only two pictures I have of us before he passed in 1997.
Me and my first boyfriend (who turned into one of the best friends I could ever have) Christmas 1981. This is one of only two pictures I have of us before he passed in 1997.

So here we are.  I’m 47 years old, my daughter is an adult and has moved out, my parents, grandparents and a best friend are all gone.  I have very few pictures of all of this.  I only have a handful of pictures of my husband and I.  Since I homeschooled my daughter, we didn’t even have the usual school pictures to mark our timeline other than from the annual Girl Scout dance.  We took pictures of places we went and things we did, but not of us.

My daughter's first birthday, she just finished her piece of cake and I'm trying to get her to to the kitchen to clean up without touching anything.
My daughter’s first birthday.  She just finished her piece of cake and I’m trying to get her to to the kitchen to clean up without touching anything.

There was always such an air of caution in taking pictures… cost for the film, cost for the developing, trying to use the roll sparingly to capture the whole event and then holding your breath to find out which ones “came out” and which ones were a waste of film.  Looking over them, it’s amazing how many of those moments you forget about until you have that picture to jog your memory.

I’ve had a few digital cameras over the past 12-15 years.  While I was caught up in the novelty of being able to see my pictures immediately, I like many people left the pictures on my computer only to lose them to a crash or a virus later.  So I didn’t change, but I should have.

So now I take pictures.  It doesn't matter that my arms look fat, I look at my friend and that moment instead.
So now I take pictures. It doesn’t matter that my arms look fat, I look at my friend and that moment instead.

The digital camera has changed life for all of us over the past several years.  Being able to now upload our pictures to Facebook or Photobucket or Instagram allows us permanent storage and access solutions like never before.  Our pictures are no longer trapped in dusty frames or in boxes in the garage.  Not to mention our ability to share them.  Being able to see pictures from a delivery room across the country within minutes is the true joy of this new technology!

My husband bought me a beautiful camera a few years back before our trip to New Orleans and I’m slowly trying to change my habits and take pictures.   I’ll admit, they’re mostly for Facebook, but that’s okay because that means I can’t lose them either.  It’s a hard habit to break, but I’m working at it.

And I take pictures of family and friends whether they want me too or not.  I remind them I'll be old soon and that gets a smile.
I also take pictures of family and friends whether they want me to or not. I remind them I’ll be old soon and that usually gets a smile and a pose.

So if you’re like me, try to remember to pull out that camera and take pictures.  Lots of pictures.  Capture the memories. When the folks in those pictures are gone you’ll be thankful to be able to look back at that day and smile.  I know this holiday I will.  (And then I’ll post them to Facebook.)

{{[hugs}}}
Maggie

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Giving Thanks Every Day

I just found a fabulous frugal craft on Snail Pace Transformations.   (Btw, I LOVE your name!)  It is a gratitude journal, a place to log a sentence or two of what you were thankful for every day.  This is number one on my Christmas list this year, very inexpensive and yet very personal.

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I admit that I am one of those people that sometimes have to work at staying positive.  Sometimes it’s very easy for me to get caught up in the tide instead of just enjoying the beauty of the beach so I look for little things to keep me on the path I choose.  I saw this craft and I jumped.  Whether its a gift for friends and family or just for yourself, its a great way to just a a minute a day to give thanks for what you have.

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It all starts with dollar store calendars, the kind that show one week at a time. Like this…

I love the thought of making this part of my bedtime ritual, just a sentence or two of what I was thankful for today. Instead of going to bed dealing with the stresses of the day, fall asleep relishing and reviewing what you had to be thankful for.  Positivity breeds positivity.  And imagine making this a bedtime ritual with your child, even if a young one is not yet ready to write, it makes for a great dialog as you tuck them in and how it can shape them for the future.

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Then you can cover the outside with contact paper, your favorite pattern of duct tape or personal art.

Not only does it help in the training of a positive mind, but can you imagine being able to look back and read these a year, 5 years or 10 years down the line?  To bring back all those wonderful memories and feelings of days gone by.   Imagine your kids stumbling upon one of these once you’re gone and getting to remember all the best of you, with you.

Giving thanks isn’t just for one Thursday in November.  Spread the word.

{{hugs}}

Maggie

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Update:  I just found this great video that I just had to share.  It ties in with this project so beautifully and really gets your wheels of creativity going.

Let me know what ideas you have!