Twenty years ago, Mr. Nice and I moved into what we were certain would be a forever home. We were a couple of DINKs at the time (Double Income No Kids) and wanted a special home with character, entertainment space and perhaps a ravine lot. When we walked through this house with the realtor, we were not impressed with the decor but we sure were impressed with the lot, the layout and of course the full sized snooker table in the large family room on the lower walkout level. I often joke,”We bought a snooker table and the house came with it!” LOL.
Move ahead a few years and my company down-sized, I took a severence package and took some time to re-think my life. During this time, although we were in our late thirties, we decided to have a baby. In 1996, we were blessed with a beautiful and tiny baby girl. Here comes the fun part. One of my neighbours announced she too was pregnant and a few months later, a new family moved in and they too were expecting a baby. So in the summer of 1996, on a court of only 7 houses, THREE babies were born, our daughter and two boys. The other families also had daughters a couple years older than the babies so we had 5 young children. Needless to say, we all became great friends. We used to pull up our lawn chairs in the street and watch the kids on their trikes and wagons and bikes and roller blades.
All three girls ended up dancing at the same dance studio. Car-pooling was a breeze! The girls continued with dance for many years and the boys moved on to hockey.
I have always enjoyed photography and have dozens of photo albums to prove it. So it just seemed natural that I became the Memory Keeper. I always had my camera or our video camera on hand for every get-togther. The everyday stuff and the special day stuff too. The little dancers were always putting on “shows” for us which sometimes involved lipstick and tutus on everyone…. including the boys. My photos and footage have been useful in marking more recent events like significant birthdays and graduation.
Interestingly, the three 1996 babies never went to the same school. For elementary one Roman Catholic, one public and one French Immersion. The same happened when they entered high school.
Roll ahead to 2014… as a result of invitations by local friends, they ALL went to the same prom! I think the families were more excited about this fact than the kids were! And of course there had to be a photo session and in front of our fireplace was the spot. You see EVERY year on Halloween, prior to the dads taking them Trick or Treating, we met in our home and took their picture in front of our fireplace.
Now back to Prom Night…
THAT WAS THEN
WHAT A GOOD LOOKING GROUP!
…and Miss Nice still thinks they’re crazy!
I fear in the age of digital photography with phones, the role of “Memory Keeper” will be lost.
I wish more people would take the time to sort and store and PRINT!
So many people snap and share and then move on.
Mr. Nice and I and the other two sets of parents treasure all the pictures we have taken and shared.
Those five kids believe they grew up on the best street ever!
And now they love to sit and watch the crazy videos we took of them.
Many are hysterical!
Do you have a Memory Keeper in your life?
“Beautiful hours move so quickly.”
― Irene Hunt, Up a Road Slowly
Time is so fleeting!