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.