Preserving Memories

I have written a journal for about ten years now. I think that it is one of the best ways to preserve memories. I love reading old entries and getting transported back into time.

Recently, I have found another way to do same thing. I was searching through some old video tapes that I thought were just garbage and have found a lot of family memories. We used to tape things all the time on our VHS camcorder. It was a great surprise finding all these old tapes.

Now that VCRs are on their way out, I thought I would get rid of my old tapes that I haven’t seen in years. But I just can’t get rid of these old camcorder tapes. I can watch these again and see my grandparents who passed away some time ago. I can see how dorky I looked like as a teenager (of course back then I thought I was cool.)

So I went shopping and purchased a relatively cheap DVD recorder. I am now in the process of transferring all those special moments onto DVDs. I can put the discs into a wallet and throw out boxes and boxes of out-dated tapes. This also makes it easier to share these memories with my family because everyone these days has a DVD player and few even have VCRs anymore.

2 responses to “Preserving Memories”

  1. Very good idea. I bought a VCR recorder several years ago, to keep on hand just in case the one I have now ever breaks down.

    Of course, in a few years, something fancier than DVRs will come along and the cycle will continue.

  2. I think any type of disc format is doomed to failure. Tapes and discs will be completely replaced in the next several years by digital files. But at least, compact discs won’t fade away so fast. People won’t so easily give up on the current format. Players will still be around for some time because it is simple and convenient. So I think making DVDs is the best way to hold onto these memories for now.