When I was growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money. We never had fancy electronics like video cameras and whatnot, so when I see families taping their children at special events, I feel a little wistful – and yes, a little jealous! Oh how I wish I had recordings from my childhood, or even from Angeline’s early childhood.
Last summer, Angeline’s paternal grandmother gave her a VHS tape that they had taken over the course of a year or so when she was first born. Since her father passed away in 2008, they wanted her to have the video, as he was in half of it. We didn’t have a VHS player – hello, it was 2011, not 1981! – we had to find someone that had a VHS player in order to watch it. As soon as I could, I found a way to have the VHS Film Transfer to DVD.
Don’t even get me started on her grandparent’s old 8mm of Angeline’s father, trying to find out how to transfer 8MM to DVD was an entirely different struggle in itself!
It really made me think about the recording family functions and capturing memories that way, instead of just through photographs. I would love for my daughter to be able to show her children and grandchildren videos of her when she was younger, and videos of my husband and I – and I would love to have video of my own grandparents and parents too!
So now? I actually use that record feature on my camera. A LOT.
One day, I am totally going to embarrass my daughter in front of her children by showing them home videos of her and her friends lip syncing to Justin Bieber.
It’s going to be awesome.
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