My father in law passed away last Saturday and I was able to help go through dozens of photo albums and boxes filled with photographs of the last 5 decades. Birthdays and holidays and everyday moments that were printed so long ago, but were here now to hold in our hands. I can not begin to tell you how much these tangible memories mean to my husband's family.
There is something so special about prints. Of being able to gather with loved ones and reminisce on days past. To pass around black and white Polaroids and laugh at how we used to dress, or smile at times that have since slipped are minds. In those old snapshots lies proof of a life well-lived and legacies that won't soon be forgotten. Pictures and prints are a heritage to our children, a priceless present to the future generations.
The digital age is alive and well and amazing, but unfortunately with the increase in the ease of picture taking out went the "need" for printing. I'm sure you have a phone filled with snaps of your kids. And maybe you even have a nice camera that you bring out for fun events and outings. You probably have a folder on your computer filled with pictures. But how many prints do you have in you home? How many pictures do you have that you can hold in your hands?
One day, when my time is over and my children go through my things, I don't want them looking through flash drives and folders on my computer. I want them digging through box after box of memories and moments of our life together. I want them to know how important these mementos are to me. To know that I cared enough to take the time to give them this invaluable gift.
So, please. Please take pictures. Of your kids, of you husband, of your family. Of your parents and grandparents and siblings and cousins. Of yourself! Take pictures at holidays and events. Take pictures of those moments that right now seem so mundane, but in the future will be cherished. Take pictures when your happy, when you're sad, when you're tired. Take pictures even when the kids aren't feeling it, take pictures when you don't feel like it. Just take pictures.
And PLEASE, please, PRINT them.
I promise you, you will never ever regret that you did.