Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Slice of Life: Could Facebook Have Saved a Mom Like Me?
Sorting and using past pictures of my kids is always a challenge. Their lives in photos are trapped between shoeboxes, old computers, and phones. They grew up during the transition to digital photography as we moved from a film camera, to a digital camera, to a phone that would snap photos anywhere. As we closed the door on one century and moved into another, our lives were busy. We were racing from home to school to events. We were squeezing in family dinners, homework, and bedtime stories. We'd stuff pictures still in their envelopes in boxes for storage. As my kids got older, more and more pictures were taken digitally and stored on whatever device we were using at the time. As we moved to new computers, their photographs didn't always easily move into the new technology.
Going into the bedroom I reached under the bed and pulled out four boxes of mixed up photos. It was most likely a Christmas photo with Santa would be in the physical photos since the best ones would have been taken with our old film camera when the kids were quite young. My only chance of accomplishing this quickly was if there was a photo in my daughter's box I had sorted to scrapbook as she graduated from high school a few years ago. I crossed my fingers and tried not be distracted by the impulse to just sit and look through the pictures.
I must admit I'm a bit jealous of all of my friends who will raise children in the Facebook age. As they document their children growing up these photos will easily be chronologically sorted as teeth fall out, bikes transition from four wheels to two, family events are celebrated with grandparents and great grandparents, big plays are celebrated in sporting events, dresses and suits are put on for dances, awards are won, and smiles are captured. We can shake our heads at all of this technology and the way we put too much of our lives out for the world to see, but I would love to be able to scroll back through Facebook to see the significant events that shaped our lives together. I'd love to be able to click 1995 and scroll through the first year our youngest daughter joined our family. I'd give anything to be able to click 1997 and look at pictures of our family's Christmas with my grandparents. I'd smile over photos of my kids sitting on their grandma's lap with a Coke can I'm sure I didn't approve.
Facebook might have saved a disorganized mom like me. Instead of going to dig in a box with photographs scattered about, I could just click a year and the photo would be waiting for me right there. Facebook might have allowed me capture the little moments in our lives that seem forgotten as we hurried through our days while organizing the moments for me. To all my friends raising families in the Facebook age, grab your phone to catch the moments, the smiles, the celebrations as you race breathlessly through these days which sometimes seem long, but will later seem like a blink of the eye.
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