Yesterday, at our Facebook wall, I added the following message:
How was snow day? Recently I have been going thru our 10k+ digitized family photos, which need indexing and sorting. Having them digitized is great help! I came across three photos which I wanted to share with my girlfriend who lost her husband January 2nd. I just managed to email and surprise her with one of her photos from 1980s visiting them in Maryland. Did you go down memory lane today? What's the status of your family photos?
This morning I received the following message, which says a lot about the importance of having digital files and sharing immediately. Unlike in the old days, you would send a copy and send via postal service, with a nice notecard and insert the photo. It took us much longer to share, besides time and effort to do so a little over a decade ago.
Here is her message from my very dear girlfriend. I got goosebumps reading it
My heart beat so fast when I saw the picture of the three of us. The background is Potomac River, an area where people go to hike. I wiiiiiiish we could go back in time. Jim and I have very few pictures together. Because we do not have anyone to leave them to, we did not take pictures of us together. Now I regret that I have only very few pictures and I know how important it is to look at those "moments in time."
This proves the power of photographs and sharing: We don't realize the importance and power of photographs, until years and decades later. I am so glad our family photos of over 10,000 paper loose photos were digitized in 2015. Now I can do so much with them. Photographs are eternal, you could relive those precious moments over and over. It's even better and easier to do so, once they are scanned and digitized.
What's the status of your family photos?