Think about how you used to look at your grandparents’ photo albums. Maybe the pictures were a little torn or discolored with age. Did the album creak a bit and smell of leather when you opened it? Were some of the pictures printed in a small format with funky borders? Whatever your experience, it’s likely something that brings back warm memories.
Now think about pictures you’ve taken, or been in. Will your children have to view your wedding photos from a folder on your laptop? To locate that special Christmas morning shot, will they have to scroll for several minutes through your Instagram feed? When we don’t print our memories, we aren’t able to use our senses (touch, for one) to connect more deeply to them, and in turn, can’t share that connection with our children and families.