Archive for July, 2014

Paper Memories

Most folks have some memory of visiting their grandparents or other older relatives, and what it was like to look through their collection of old paper photographs. Do you remember the look of happiness on their face and the gleam in their eyes, as they recalled their old friends, their loved ones, and the times that they shared together in the distant past? If you were really lucky, your older relative also shared a bit of their own story with you as they reminisced.

You may not have realised it at the time, but you were being a gift, a special treasure. Your elderly loved one was sharing a bit of their true self with you by showing you their old paper photographs and telling you their stories about the people within them.

As we grow older, it can be difficult to remember what our lives were like when we were young. All of us get busy with living our lives: working a job, paying the bills, raising a family. Time passes, and we are no longer 16, 36 or even 50. Our photographs can serve as important touchstones to our past and help us to remember better times and beloved friends and family. These mementos can help us to recall the past so that we are then able to share the past with the people in our future.

With technology, it’s getting easier to grab those great impromptu snapshots that are filled with emotion and character. Now, there are cellphones and laptops with cameras, and we can even shoot video of those important moments in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Despite these advances, it’s still important to make physical copies of these pictures. Files can become corrupted, misplaced or lost. Accidents and unexpected events such as fire can also happen, so it’s nice to have something tangible that preserves our memories. This becomes even more important as we grow older and develop the tendency to forget.

Paper photographs and digital video collections can both be great ways to preserve what is important to us. Paper Memories is a video short found on Vimeo that shows just how important photographs can be to helping the elderly remember the love and life that they experienced in the past. In the film, the elderly gentleman is able to remember the love of his life and share their love story, by looking through his old photographs.

Here at Etched in Memories, we can help you preserve your favorite digital and paper photographs in a more permanent way – a way that will stand the test of time. Using a special process, we can etch your special photographs onto a metal pendant so that your life story will last forever. We offer this service in a wide range of metals and price ranges, so that there is an affordable option for every budget.

Think how comforting it will be to be able to always have the special people and events from your life close at hand? Now, instead of just sharing your favorite memories with your family and friends as you look over old photographs, you have a memento that you can actually pass down to them and not worry that it will be accidentally lost or destroyed. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you preserve the special people and moments in your life so that you and your loved ones can treasure them forever.

I Can’t Remember

Just a line to say I’m living
that I’m not among the dead,
Though I’m getting more forgetful
and mixed up in my head

I got used to my arthritis
to my dentures I’m resigned,
I can manage my bifocals
but God, I miss my mind

For sometimes I can’t remember
when I stand at the foot of the stairs,
If I must go up for something
or have I just come down from there?

And before the fridge so often
my poor mind is filled with doubt,
Have I just put food away, or
have I come to take some out?

And there’s a time when it is dark
with my nightcap on my head,
I don’t know if I’m retiring, or
just getting out of bed

So, if it’s my turn to write you
there’s no need for getting sore,
I may think I have written
and don’t want to be a bore

So, remember that I love you
and wish that you were near,
But now it’s nearly mail time
So I must say goodbye, dear

There I stand beside the mail box
with a face so very red,
Instead of mailing you my letter
I opened it instead

- Anonymous