Most people have warm memories of baking cookies or sewing quilts with their grandmothers. I do not have these memories.
In fact once she gave me food poisoning.
The memories I have with my grandmother to me are much more valuable, well to me. While some were cooking or quilting with their grandmothers I was being blinded and told to "stay right there, last picture I swear".
To have your picture taken by my grandmother is a great honor, to have your picture taken means you go down in our family history.
The older I get and the more I learn about myself the more it is apparent that I have inherited these gifts of documenting lives inherited the role of family historian.
While I was at my grandparents house over the Easter weekend I took a look around the house my family has loving dubbed "The Shrine". I noticed that we could all learn about being our own historians...
1. Hard Copy Photos.
These books are just a sampling of the HUNDREDS of photo albums she has. These are unique because they chronicle the last 6 years. The years she has had a digital camera. Yes, they are all backed up on her computer (although she wouldn't know how to get them if she needed them) but she always makes a point to print out her favorites so she knows she always has the physical picture.
In this photo not every one is looking there is laughter and joy RADIATING. A photo should capture a moment and if that moment is of pure unequivocal laughter and joy then THAT is the photo you frame and enjoy!
This wall is my favorite wall in my grandparents house. This wall contains pictures of everyone in my family my grandmother could get a hold of. Some pictures date back to the early 1900's. Honestly to see my family's heritage displayed all in one place so proudly gives me chills.
4. Surround yourself with photos you love.
To say my grandparents house is littered with photos would be an understatement. I would be hard pressed to find a surface in their house that dose not have a photo one it. This is their life. Their life surrounds them every day. You can not go into a room and not be struck by an amazing memory,
(I told you …EVERY SURFACE)
Every and I do mean EVERY picture or album has the date, names, ages and location of anything in the picture. This attention to detail is one of the things that I cherished the most about my grandmothers pictures. She has literally created a living timeline
PS isn't her hand writing GORGEOUS
When I think of my grandmother and what she has meant to me over my 23 years of life I will always be grateful for the lessons she taught me, though not "traditional" important none the same!
This is one of my favorite pictures of me as a little kid. Thuggin it out with mickey!