Countless hours scanning, labeling and organizing photos have reaped many personal benefits. One of the warm fuzzies I enjoy is the hope that my children, grandchildren and/or descendants will appreciate the hours of work put into the photo collections. I love the way my own memories and those of others combine with pictures to tell stories.
Although the collections will not be considered complete until the remaining pictures are borrowed, scanned and incorporated into what exists, much has been done already and the collections are fun to look at. To share what is done so far, I sent one collection on CDs to aunts and uncles in that family.
It was so good to hear from them that they received and enjoyed the pictures. I requested that they let me know about any mistakes, and I’m glad one aunt didn’t hesitate to tell me about items that were in wrong files or out of order for date. Good to know about and correct those things.
It has been many years since I had a paying job. It’s been awhile now since I’ve volunteered anywhere. It still feels personally satisfying to complete a job and do it well. I spend the time doing this as a gift to myself and others. I don’t expect anything in return when the photos are shared, but it’s sure nice to have others acknowledge and enjoy what I spend my time doing. I feel rewarded with their thank yous.
Next week, we’re traveling to visit family and trade CDs of photos I’ve scanned for additional photos to add. Someday, I may have exhausted the supply of pictures, but I suspect it will continue to be an ongoing project, offering many rewards along the way.