Anyone who has ever been to my home knows that I love pictures. I have picture walls. Most of the subjects are my two lovely daughters who, when they were young, were quite adorable. They are very close in age and I took great pleasure in dressing them alike which caused people to constantly ask if they were twins. During their baby, toddler and early elementary school years, I would take them to have their photograph taken every month. Back then, they had such cute girly-girl outfits and that was one way to show off those adorable garments.
Of course, as the years have passed, they have grown up and don’t look anything like each other nor do they dress alike. One is very conservative and the other is a bit trendy. Then of course, there are the teenage facial blemishes and the bad hair days that accompany the process of growing up which no one wants to see in a photograph.
I was recently asked if I could provide some pictures of the girls when they were little for a family member. Since this person lost all of the photographs they had in a fire, it would be quite a job for me to gather together all of the pictures I had and get copies made. I decided it would be just as easy to scan in all the pictures on my computer and then place them on a USB drive and give them the drive. That way, they would have all the pictures and there would not be any time constraint on them to file them away. They could print off what they wanted easily by taking the flash drive to the local photo shop and have them print it off.
This turned out to be a big hit. They loved the flash drive idea. It was so convenient for them and they got to print off as many as they wanted of what they wanted. In fact, it was such a nice gesture, they asked me for permission to reproduce that flash drive to give away as Christmas presents to other family members. The idea caught hold and other family members decided to do the same thing and passed out custom flash drives with family photos on it. I now have a family photo file on my computer that has tons of pictures of my nephews. Perhaps someday my sister will wise up and produce a niece or two so that the balance between male and female can be reestablished.
I’ve set my screen saver on my computer to slide show all the family photos. I’m hoping to get one of those electronic picture frames that you load pictures on and have that resting on my entry-way table.
As for those two adorable little girls, they’re still picture perfect in my eyes. I just wish they hadn’t grown up so quickly. Thankfully, I have all those pictures on my walls to remind me of what the early days were like and I look forward to completely filling all the empty spots with my granddaughters.