So as Tropical Storm Nestor pounds our neighborhood, I find myself remembering the storms of my childhood. That was long before technology had become a part of our daily lives, so a strong storm meant one thing: board games.
Do you remember sitting on the family room floor playing a fierce game of Monopoly or Risk? Those were two of my favorite rainy day games as you could play them for most of the day, and have fun while staying dry.
We didn’t have video games or Netflix, so we were content to play Life or Clue for hours even if the power was out. There was no complaining that there was nothing to do. We had games!
It was particularly fun in my family because we had six kids, so we didn’t even need friends to come over to enjoy the day. But if they did come by, the more the merrier!
What are you doing if you are feeling the effects of this storm? Go into your closet and get out a board game…
So, do people still have photo albums? It may be a silly question, but I ponder it because of technology. Photos can instantly be pulled up on our phones, or they can run on a loop on our computer or digital picture frame.
Lucky for me, Mom and Tammy are both avid scrapbookers. This is particularly advantageous during family reunion time. Hundreds of photos are taken during the reunion. Mom, Tammy, and other helpers pull together the most amazing memory book to be distributed the following year.
I recently pulled these books out of a cabinet and gave them a permanent home on my bedside table along with Mom’s Let’s Walk Down Memory Lane which I previously wrote about. I recognize that I can’t fully appreciate the value of these books if I don’t keep them in view. They’re now available for me to easily peruse anytime, but the memory books are also available to anyone else who may want to take a gander.
The memories pictured are priceless. Each family within our extended family has a designated section, and candid photos abound throughout. I can relive our gatherings anytime I want just by turning a page, and it’s such fun to see how everyone has grown and changed over time.
So a shout out to Mom, Tammy, and all those involved in making the memories come alive! Every family should have historians like you!