How to be the Family Story Teller
As a family, we get some so much joy and laughter at looking back at the videos we created together when kids were younger. These memories are so precious and if you don’t capture and preserve them they disappear. In the digital world we live in, I see one of my jobs as a parent as being custodian of my family’s digital memories, so that in the future they can look back at them and remember.
This is the attitude you have to develop. You’ve got to see yourself as the family story teller and you’ve got to take ownership of your family’s memories, because if you don’t do it no one else will.
Now when I was growing up in the early 80’s my grandfather, Frank went too so much effort to capture our time together at Christmas. Yes, I’m the little red headed one. Now Frank worked for the local hardware store and didn’t have a lot of money, but each year he’d spend some of his Christmas bonus and hire a high 8 video camera to film our holiday.
30 years ago, making home videos was a big deal, I mean it’s not like he had an iPhone 7 plus, no he went to so much effort to preserve these memories of me and my cousins. Now, these videos are so valuable to us because we have a window back in time to what life was like when we were kids and of course and a memory of family members and pets who are no longer with us.
So don’t underestimate the power of what you’re going to create here. I wonder if my grandfather Frank thought that the videos he created of his cute grandkids would be watched almost 35 years later and shown to the next generation.