Or worse yet, on your phone or computer. What if your phone is lost or stolen? What if your hard-drive fails (and the backup you vowed to do "soon" never happened)?
A few years ago I was faced with a box (actually many boxes) of unlabeled photographs--pics from vacations, day trips, weddings, and every day family-life events of my immediate family, my parents, my grandparents. Each of these photos were precious and priceless. And I recognized that one day they would be meaningless unless I put them in order and labeled them. So, one-by-one, I began to sort and identify.
But soon I realized that simply knowing the names is not enough. I believe family is so very important--the things that my parents and grandparents did, the choices they made, and the sacrifices they endured (I am 2nd generation American) are the reason that today I have so many wonderful blessings (home, children, and faith).
Once I'm gone, there will be no one to tell their story to my children, to help carry on the messages and the memories. So, in addition to names and dates, what I know about my siblings, parents, and their families is recorded on the pages.
Christmas is just around the corner. Promise yourself that, starting today, you will set aside a bit of time to go through those priceless photographs. Just 15 minutes a day would make such a difference. It's one of the best gifts you can give to your children, your grandchildren, and to yourself.
"Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream." Kahil Gibran