|Socks agrees," Whatever are you going to do with all those pictures?"|
Clearly they all will not fit in my little Lolita. Nor do I wish to scan all the pictures into a digital format. So I am forming a plan....
I have found 4 plastic containers to sort pictures into representing 4 phases of my family life.
- The Ancestor Years consisting of my extended family of grandparents, parents and my growing up years in one container .
- The Early Years container will hold the memories of married life and young children.
- The Middle Solo Years, container holding the memories of the girls growing up and the boys early years.
- The Later Years (or the prolific years- way to many pictures!) holding the memories of the Campbell Corral (a fulfillment of a lifetime dream of a therapeutic foster family home raising troubled kids on a mini farm/ranch.)
Next is a sentimental stroll down memory's lane, as I begin sorting all the loose pictures first. I will need to breakdown the photo albums too, at least choosing the pictures that need to be scanned to represent the best and diversity of pictures and memories. Clearly this represents a huge amount of work. Sorting will need to be completed prior to hitting the road so a scanner will probably be in my future on the road. (How small are scanners today?) It certainly sounds like great rainy day activities. I will have the luxury of storing some of the family treasures and pictures with family, so I can take a container at a time with me on the road and work on scanning and organizing the photo's into digital books. I hope that this will represent to my family, a strong connection to their past in a concise format. (Unless someone wants to store the whole library of photo history.... soon it could occupy it's own museum!)
So in the mean time, my evening are spent watching TV and sorting pictures into bins. I will then scan them as time allows and give hard copies to the lucky individuals who were in the pictures. They get to do with them as they wish.
This is my contribution to the preservation of our family history.
Whew, I'm tired already.
Each of you as full timers has had to deal with the family pictures and albums. What were your solutions. Are you satisfied with your results? What would you do differently?