Remembering my Grandfather: Tagging Memories
We knew it was the end long before the end came. We started calling it “the process of dying”; my grandpa began that process when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. First, he couldn’t drive anymore. Then, he could barely walk. My family would ask him a question, and though senility never became an issue, it would take him minutes to reply. His mind was there, but his body had failed him, and, trapped in that prison, we could tell his will was gone. So, with every visit a potential last, we started taking photos.
It’s not how I wanted to remember him - I remember him as a listener, a laugher. But something compelled me to keep taking the photos. “This could be the last time, remember it,” the voice in my head would nudge. As time went on, though, my grandpa continued to survive. He’d break a hip, and we’d think, “This is it.” It, however, kept prolonging. And the photos kept adding up.
After a while, we stopped taking photos. We stopped keeping track. And when, in the summer of 2017, he did die, so many of those pictures felt buried. It took hours of digging to track down the ones I knew existed & even longer to find those I’d forgotten.
It’s often not until after the fact that we realize what a photo means to us.
This is a common theme; in the digital age, there are rarely tangible keepsakes to remind us of moments and memories. It’s the photos that bring us back. It’s the same reason why, time after time, we took the photos with my grandfather.
I wish I knew then what I know now about tagging photos and the software that was accessible to me. Because, really, these memories are precious. And in this life of constantly creating new ones, accessibility is crucial.
There's more to memory keeping than saving memories in one place; storage is only half of organization.
Thanks to the tagging tool, when I look in my FOREVER Account now, I see names. I see dates. I see faces and people, all at the touch of a button. And I can remember, exactly when I need to, what it was like to live inside a moment. That’s what tagging gives us. That’s what FOREVER gives us.
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