When Anthony was a little boy we used to always take videos and pictures. As doting parents, it was our responsibility to record every moment in his life. Actually, I’m not that good. I am the person filled with good intentions. I am the one who starts a journal then leaves the pen on the page for days. I try to catch up but write babble (likely much like this!) and set pen down again in frustration. Months later I re-read what I wrote and feel wholly inadequate.
Much was the same with Anthony. At the beginning we took lots and lots of pictures. As time went on the camera was saved for birthday parties, holiday dinners and Christmas. We have at least always been dedicated to taking pictures on vacations. Phew…at least that went well.
Unintentionally, at first, we created my favorite video of Anthony. When he started Kindergarten we taped him packing up his backpack (filling it with all of those glue sticks I talk about in a previous blog). We walk down the street to the bus stop and film the big bus gobbling him up. That year we did a post school interview. Low and behold, we did not pick up that tape again until the beginning of 1st grade. It was then I had the idea of filming about five minutes a year during the preparation and beginning of school. The tradition caught on quickly and became one of the most enjoyable parts of school preparation.
First we would go school shopping with the irritating list of school supplies. Then we would come home and watch the video from previous years. By 7th grade it was pretty long and there was resistance from Anthony but I didn’t care. I was bound and determined to get these clips! And, I did! The tape is not only a review of how much he grew each year he began doing commentary about current events. There was even a short clip about my brother’s passing in 2001. It is one of my most prized possessions. I think I’m going to go watch it right now!
Life is good!