Where Has My Life Gone?

The secrets of my life are inside this camera

The secrets of my life are inside this camera

I have the worst memory.

My wife and I joke that I have no recollection of anything before the invention of the Digital camera, and it’s totally true. There are things that happened only a couple of years ago that my wife will remind me of and I have to run down to my computer to see if I have a picture of it. Otherwise it didn’t happen. You know the old saying “If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to see it, does it make a sound?” Well for me it’s “If something happens and I didn’t get a picture of it, did it really happen?”

It really is quite maddening sometimes.

I will be reminded of things that happened in high school, and totally draw a blank. It’s as if everything before my 25th birthday, sans some things that stick out in college, never happened. I think that if I kept a journal of my life, I would look at it now and swear I must be reading about someone else. I can’t even remember my parents names sometimes! Its totally frustrating. Things that are to happen in the future that my wife tells me about somehow go in one ear and out the other too. She thinks that its selective listening, I just think that there is nothing up there to absorb what she has told me. It’s why we keep a calendar. If it’s not on the calendar, I can’t be responsible for not knowing we had plans.

Now I take pictures of everything in hopes of remembering my life, and my kids lives for that matter.  At last count I have taken 26,864 pictures in the eight and a half years that I have had kids. I really don’t want to miss a thing. Thank God for the digital camera and the iPhone. I would probably forget everything that happened yesterday without them. I remember when we used to have to go to the drug store to get our film processed.  I still have some rolls laying around the house that haven’t been developed. Maybe that’s where all these memories have gone, in the film canisters that I keep digging out of boxes in my storage room. If only I had gotten them developed all those years ago, I wouldn’t have this problem.

Stupid film… I’ll be right back, I have to go get my life developed.


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About Daddysincharge

After 15 years as a News Photographer in the fast paced world of television news, I am now knee deep in Legos and laundry as the stay at home dad to to little boys. It was my choice to stay at home, so don't look at me like I am some kid of freak show. We're all parents just trying to raise our kids the right way. Some might be better at it than others, but if our kids love us for who we are, who cares.

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  1. I always wonder if I will actually go back and look at all the photos. Maybe there are too many? 20 years ago you would appreciate each one more and feature it, show it off and treasure it. Now with digital, it is more about having it stored somewhere rather than looking at it. I am glad I have them though. Like you said, they are great for stirring memories.

  2. Seems the reverse for me, everything SINCE my 25th birthday gets harder to hang onto. I look at old pictures of my firstborn scratching my head trying to remember what was going on in that picture. It’s funny how people’s minds work. My wife and I used to pride ourselves for having minds like steel traps. Not so much anymore.

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