Digital simplicity

Last year, one of my treasured possessions – a hard disk with my complete digital photo archive – crashed.  I do have backups, but this was the ‘Mother HDD’, with every file slotted, tagged and organized by date, time, folder. When it comes to my digital archive I suffer from a serious case of OCD, and then some.

I was miserable but was lucky enough to be able to retrieve most of the data – over 9 GB worth of photographs.  But sadly, when I opened the new hard disk, I realized that I had to reorganize, re-tag and re-slot every single file.  Most names and references to date and time were gone though some files were untouched.  It’s been a long year. Phew!

However, through this entire archival journey, I got to relive some of the best moments in my life –  working life, marriage, children and friends.  When I look back, I realize how many wonderful moments life has thrown at me, and the many lessons I have learned along the way.

Thankfully, I am on the last leg of this arduous re-archival journey.  Very soon, I will let out a whoop of joy and probably weep tears of sheer relief from the monotony of this task, that has bitten-off huge chunks of my free time.

This afternoon, as I sifted through the last 2000 files, I chanced upon these photos.  These are photos of my son’s Grade 1 school notebook.  The teacher seems to have rewarded my son with  ‘smileys’ for his efforts in writing.  My son has converted the teacher’s smileys into a couple of cute animals, with ears and tails.  Sharing these photos with you.




My digital drill seems to have been worth it.  After all, such simple moments are the ones that need capturing.  These are the moments that make up the mosaic of our lives. Simple moments of love, joy and innocence, captured for posterity.

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24 Responses to Digital simplicity

  1. Wow you had lots of photos and that was a huge task! Very cute pictures you are sharing!

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  2. Sastha says:

    Lovely! That is my only fear… I keep back ups… but somehow fear a major crash… times we live in! 🙂

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  3. Sabiscuit says:

    That is a very cute memento, Nimi. Very simple, but when you see them grow up, you just think, “We made it this far, team.” ❤ ❤

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Great that you found this all! What lovely memories. What a cute idea of your son!

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  5. Oh, I know the feeling…from the aggravation of thinking you might have lost the pictures, the aggravation of knowing the time it will take to retrieve them, and the joy of getting to look at them all over again!

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  6. It is terrible, when our photos disappear Nimi, I have been there several times. I think, that you came through lots of good memories by the work of sorting out again. Sometimes we forget to go through our photos, while they are digital. Not the same as to sit with a book of photographs. I learned to place my important photos at CD or DVD, so I should have them in back-up, if anything happens.


  7. Nimi
    You have my sympathy

    Big hugs


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  8. Don’t you love the ‘lemonade’ that comes from lemons? Something very special about coming across a long lost digital image that makes a mum smile. 😉

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  9. D K Powell says:

    I live in fear of losing all my digital photos so I know your pain! I too keep them well organised but all my back ups have the same file and folder organisation so if I lose one, I still have the others!

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