Enjoy your family photos

Enjoy your family photos

Timing is everything.  As I was wondering what to blog about this week, I turned to see my family tree spotlighted by a reflection of the sun.  It only lasted a minute or so, but I captured it forever, in a picture.  Seems like a good time to post about my love of family photos and memorabilia.  I take this quite seriously, since I have become the keeper of the family history, for my family and my husband’s.

Do you have old family photos?  Where do you have them?  Are they in albums or scrapbooks?  Maybe they’re in boxes or drawers?  When was the last time you looked through your photos?  Has it been a while?  It might be a good time to take a walk down memory lane.

If your photos are in albums or scrapbooks, good for you, pull them out and turn some pages – grin.  If your photos are in drawers or boxes (especially if they are in an attic or basement) you should get them out, not only to enjoy looking at them, but to check their condition.  Treasured photos need to be properly protected.  I would recommend archival boxes.  I have some very old photos and documents stored in sleeves and then in boxes.  If you want to protect it you have to take care of it.

As you’re going through your old family photos, you might discover you have some of a relative that they might like to have. It’s okay to part with them. I bet your cousin, or sibling, would get a kick out of seeing them. Their family will enjoy them much more than your closet will.  My mother recently brought me an album with photos of ME from 1966 – fun!  Oh, wait – I wasn’t born then was I?  Teehee.

Go ahead, get out those old family pictures, and then share the love.