How to Make Memories

This time of year is a flurry of activity! Like everyone else, my camera and camcorder (or whatever they’re called these days) work overtime. My daughter was in a musical, there are recitals for dance/singing classes, holiday performances, family gatherings… the list of “recordable” moments is as daunting as is the sheer number of Christmas cookies I’ve consumed.

For a number of these events, I’ve consciously decided to keep my electronic devices in my purse. Maybe I’ll regret it later, when everyone else has adorable pics of their kids dressed as Sneetches but I’ve been noticing that from behind the viewfinder, I’m missing the actual experience!

How many times have you tried to capture that perfect pink sunset on vacation? It never really translates… and in the process, you missed the whole thing! On our last trip to Europe, my best friend and I were commenting on the fact that if we really wanted a record of the places we were to show our friends, we should just buy the postcards because those pictures were taken by the pros! In the meantime, we should just LIVE it! Reflectively, my best memories from the past few years are things that I don’t have duly recorded on video… the breeze off the ocean in Tulum, a walk in Kennedy Forest, watching my kids skipping over a stream in Forest Park… oh wait, I think I have pictures of that. 🙂

So how do you make the best memories? BE in the moment. Stop trying to preserve them all for posterity. The great thing about it is that your memory of it will probably change over time and it will seem even better than it actually was!!!

And those Sneetches… well, there’s bound to be another parent in the audience who’s stuck behind the viewfinder! Tip: make sure your kid stands by theirs.

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  1. YES!! How I love my 5 grandchildren!!!! I attend as many events as I can and am very involved in their lives across the country. I have been given tapes upon tapes of dance recitals, school plays and photos etc.There are not enough spaces for all of these hour recordings of precious events. Honestly, I remember in my heart each one being an angel,,donkey, fairy etc. My family members are so intent on finding the right spot to photograph and angle for their particular child that they miss the beauty of the occasion or the collective effort of the many! I say the more that one is stirred
    in the moment the more one is able to share afterwards without that my child asonly focus mentality that I view so often. Let’s all relax and enjoy the group effort . Sometimes less is more.

  2. Thanks for adding that perspective. We all get caught up in it!

    Hope you are enjoying the holidays and letting someone else take the pictures… as a grandparent, you’re pretty much off the hook anyway! 🙂