An inch or two thick, usually with an unassuming or nondescript cover, and often out-of-sight / out-of-mind.
Open such an album, though, and true magic happens. C’mon, admit it. Its cool to look at all that old stuff, even if only once in a while. Pull an old family photo album out the next time you have family and friends over and you’ll see what I mean. People and places are reborn as memories come flooding back. Curiosity and amusement pervade as one marvels at—or chuckles over—once-popular styles of clothes and hair and swimsuits (see pix below) and cars and hats and even “elegant” (modern translation: goofy and atrocious) wallpaper.
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One of my family photo albums: Me, the dweeb on the left, holding my sweet innocent daughter, c.1993. Same “sweet, innocent” daughter in the pix on the right-hand side (short hair / sardonic smile / on the left), along with her sister and the touching “Eat Me!” cake. Good times, good times.
Newer, more recent photo albums have the same effect, as fond memories of touching moments instantly come to mind, as in the famous “Eat Me!” cookie cake my kids and I dreamed up (see above).
The long and short of it? In today’s world of hectic 24/7 rushing, of digital photo files, of cloud-based photo archives, one must—MUST I say—take the time to ensure that the family photo albums of today and yesteryear, of our parents and grandparents and even our great-grandparents, remain intact and accessible for both the current generation and those yet to come.
So, here’s how I’m gonna do that.