Tomorrow is my youngest sons birthday, and this got me thinking about the milestone events in our life.
In April my husband and I celebrate our silver wedding anniversary, and next year sees us celebrate our sons’ 18th, 21st birthdays and my parents golden wedding anniversary. Our lives are punctuated by the key events in our life: birth of a child, first tooth, first day at school etc and although these milestones get fewer and further between as we get older, they don’t become any less significant and we still go out of our way to mark the occasion in some way.
We have literally boxes of photographs from when our children were young, cards they made at school for Mother’s day, ornaments for the christmas tree, but with each passing year the number of momentos dwindles and now we are in the digital age even the number of photos is significantly less as we no longer seem to print them out, but store them hidden away in a computer memory somewhere. It doesnt mean the occasions are any less important to us, but for some reason we have stopped being so zealous in collecting momentos of the occasions which is a real shame.
In byegone days before photography and a world of digital excess, there were very few ways in which you could capture an occasion for posterity. Ladies produced beautiful needlework celebrating births, marriages and even national events (think of the achievement of the Bayeux tapestry) Artists set up their canvas and oils and painted the events going on around them, and through the ages sculpture has captured forever the faces of many a hero and heroine who has made a mark on society.
Capturing the events happening around us has never been easier in this digital 21st century. Most people have a camera or video recorder of some description and many have one on their mobile phone, tablet device, or a webcam on their computer, so why not take a few minutes to make a record of some of the important things in your life, they dont have to be the big ones, they can be everyday and seemingly ordinary, but they will capture the here and now, the milestone that is your life, captured for future generations to ponder and question and celebrate, a legacy for the future.