Remembering everyone’s name in large families can be quite confusing and sometimes difficult.
Hi, are you part of a large family? We certainly are! My husband is one of 6. His parents both have many siblings- father is one of twelve and mother is one of seven. Me, I am the only. However, my mom is one of ten and dad is one of four. Sadly I do not live near my relatives- aunts, uncles and cousins. I can tell you if I were to pass any number of my relatives on a random street sidewalk, there is a good chance I would not even know it.
Just this past week my husband’s family and I were celebrating the life of Aunt Barb. After dinner we were discussing how technology has enabled us to take beautiful pictures so effortlessly with our smartphones and share via the internet or instant messaging. In the past, our grandparents would print the images (that was the only way then) and on the backside write down each person’s name. The pictures were then placed in an album where the corners were slipped in the black holders allowing you to remove the picture from the book.
While we were remembering Aunt Barb, it was suggested we take pictures. It first began with getting pictures of Barb’s siblings. Next adding sibling’s spouses.
Everyone shown in the above pictures all of us (my family) know by name. What was devastating to me was when someone wanted a picture of Aunt Barb’s grandkids and great grandkids and I did not know a single name of any of them.
This is what prompted our conversation about the differences between the times regarding pictures. Now days, pictures are not being printed like they once were; instead posting to Facebook or Instagram. Yes, we can tag the posts with family and friends, but will these platforms be around to share with our next generations?
Photo journaling is the most simple way for me. Here is a page I have added to my family photo journal.
Did you notice I listed the names of the people shown in the bottom picture? Not the exact way my grandmother did it, but it serves the same purpose. I save my journal pages and if needed, I can reprint. This is how I will be photo-journaling my 101 in 1001 projects!
If you would like to know more about how I create my own photo journals, check out this past post.
Take care and best wishes!