A few days ago I attended an organized, Girl’s Night Out event hosted by Boutiques of Mercer Street in Dripping Springs. A couple of hundred women or more ducked in and out of the sweltering heat for an opportunity to sip and shop.
Drippin’ Pickin’, a vintage shop filled with must-have treasures uniquely displayed outside their door beckons passersby to stop in and look. I certainly fell for it and as my eyes feasted on nostalgic lovelies, I spied a basket with a small sign that read, “Free Photos”.
My heart sank. Free photos. Someone else’s discarded memories. I thumbed through the pictures and read sentiments written on the back. Words meant for someone else. Now meaningless to the original recipient, yet they struck a chord in my sentimental heart. A portrait of a teenage boy on one side and “This is something for your garden (a scarecrow) Love Vance” on the back.
Another photograph of a young lady given to a teacher in 1966: “To one of the most wonderful teachers in Centerville High School. Besides of learning the fundamentals of a secretary I’ve learned many of the everyday common courtesies that come from being one of your students. Always, Annette”
This experience motivated me to ponder, “What am I doing with my photos?” “What stories am I telling or failing to tell?”
Where are your photos? Are most of them residing on a smart phone? If that is the case you may want to take these three steps to avoid losing them.
- Back up photos from your phone to a cloud or a computer (make sure computer files are backed up to a cloud account or an external hard drive.)
- Organize digital photos using a software program. Or, a Mac or Windows computer typically comes with free photo organization software. On a computer, digitally sort photos into separate file folders. You may want general folder names such as Christmas, vacations, pets, house, Family, etc.
- Set aside some time each week, or month to add tags to your photos or organize them in a digital photo program.
To set aside time to organize photos and tell your stories, consider a girlfriend getaway scrapbooking retreat.