Happy Talk with Jan McCallum - how digital scrapbooking works in my life at pixels2Pages.net

It was 23 years ago this week that my Daddy died of a heart attack, and that was ten years to the day after he’d had heart bypass surgery.  At the time of his surgery, his doctor told him it would add ten years to his life, so I’ve always been so thankful for that decade.  I was pregnant with my first child when Daddy had his bypass, so he lived to see his namesake, David, born, and he got to know his other three grandchildren.  He lived long enough to retire and enjoy being a full-time volunteer, and he got to travel a bit more, but I sure wish he had lived a lot longer.  I’ve missed him!

A few years after Daddy died, the kids and I went to Paducah for our annual summer visit with Mom.  When we got there, my sister and mom were sitting in the living room, and there was a big box sitting on the floor between them.  Naturally, I asked what was in the box, and my sister nonchalantly said, “Oh, it’s just Daddy’s war albums.  Kerry (her daughter) was using them for a school project and we just brought them back.”  Albums?  Daddy’s albums?  Daddy’s war albums?  What?!?  How had I not known about this treasure?

I sat down and started flipping through the three {magnetic} albums – one was all about his boot camp experience, one was about his years in the European Theater of Operations, and one was full of war and post-war memorabilia.  I was flabbergasted!  Daddy was 20 years old when he hitchhiked from his hometown in West Tennessee to Memphis, where he enlisted.  These albums, which obviously didn’t start out as magnetic albums, were full of well documented photos and cards.  The war years album was black paper full of white ink journaling, with photos attached using those old corners.  I tried to imagine when Daddy was able to put all of his thoughts on paper like that – I was so impressed!

As I pored over each precious page, I looked at Mom, who had never quite gotten used to the fact that I had given up my ‘chosen profession’ (pharmacy) for being a Creative Memories Consultant.  “Mom,” I said, “How can you question my decision to be a scrapbooker?  It’s in my blood!”  I felt like the missing piece had just dropped into place!  And I had to laugh years later, when I found my Mom’s high school scrapbooks…

When we moved Mom to Durham to live with us years later, Daddy’s books came with her.  I had grand ideas about getting them out of those magnetic albums and into something safer, but that didn’t happen.  Then I thought I might at least get them digitized, but that didn’t happen, either.  When we moved to Texas five years ago, the books came with me, but until a couple of months ago, I hadn’t seen them.  I knew they were here someplace, but I was really afraid that might have been in my game/photo/CM closet, which I wasn’t ready to tackle!  Imagine my surprise and delight when I found them in a basket in my room after we got some new furniture and had to do a little rearranging.  Hooray!  Not only that, but I found my parents’ wedding album and a scrapbook that Rex’s mom had made for him.  And we thought we were scrapbookers!!

Thankfully, I knew about FOREVER and I already had a FOREVER account, so I took advantage of the September sale on digitization services at FOREVER and ordered a couple of deluxe boxes.  I cannot wait to go to my FOREVER account and see Daddy’s photos and album pages in my digital album!  And don’t tell my sister, but they’ll be in her FOREVER album, too, because that’s what she’s getting for Christmas.  I’ve even got room to put our childhood slides in one of the boxes, and I know those pictures are going to look way better than the ones I painstakingly scanned and not nearly a high enough resolution!  Best of all, our children will be able to read all about their Pop’s war years – in his own words – and gain a little insight into the kind of man he was.

What treasures are in your closets and baskets, just begging to be digitized and shared and enjoyed?  How long are you going to leave them there?

Here are a few of my favorite photos of Daddy (and Mom):

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Fonts: 1942 Report, KG A Part of Me

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7 Responses to Blog: Love You Forever

  1. Nanette Shipman says:

    This is so awesome, and you inspire all of us. Not only do I have my own old photos and negatives, but also a lot of the ones which came from my parents’ house. Sadly, for a professional photographer, my Dad did not take very good care of many of the photos. I found piles of them in an old metal storage shed and most of them were completely ruined with no hope of restoration. I saved the ones I thought had any hope. I did recover a great many of the old photos, negatives from the house and a huge load of slides. I just sent off a box filled with mostly slides and negatives to Forever and I will be excited to see them. I will be needing to pack up another box or more to get the rest of them done, but I can’t handle so much at a time……either the cost or how overwhelming it will be to go through them. But having them will be a treasure. There are a few things which I am still uncertain about. My Dad also was a collector of photography treasures. He had some old glass slides and some old Tintypes and Daguerreotype Photographs. I’m not quite sure what I should do about those. They need protection from too much light so I hesitate to put them out anywhere. But I also wonder if they could or should be scanned. Any suggestions for those?

  2. Kerrianne says:

    What a fantastic story! And what amazing treasures and gifts you have been given xx

  3. Linda DeLaughter says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute to a much-adored Daddy! I know you are thankful each day for his “war albums”. You may want to share some of the information and photos with the folks at the WW II Museum in New Orleans.

  4. Karen Jones says:

    What a great story. Alas, I have no family pictures, so I love to hear about treasures such as these.

  5. Sherry says:

    Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Janis says:

    What a treasure! You are SO fortunate to have these keepsakes.

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