Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Memories in Motion: Water Baby

     A few weeks ago, Scott and I spent the weekend at my parent's house. During our stay, they surprised me with some old home movies that Mom and Dad had transferred to DVDs. The only home movies I had seen from my childhood so far were from seventh grade on, covering my most awkward phases when I was self-conscious and wouldn't smile for the camera. While watching the videos we experienced all the typical home movie viewing reactions--we laughed, we cried, we were bored and we were surprised. But there were a few videos that seemed to follow me after we had finished watching them. Videos of my parents when they were new. Hearing their twenty-something voices talk to me as an infant caught me completely off guard. They sounded so young and I swear my mom pronounced my name differently back then. Videos of my Poppy smiling at me and loving me exactly the way he does in my memories. A video of my Nonny playing the piano at Christmas time. Gosh, she was good. And some early videos of me falling in love with the ocean, like this one. 

     I highly recommend finding old home movies and pulling them out (as if you didn't already know they were valuable). The main reason is not (just) to ooh and aww over your own youthful adorableness. One of the best reasons I've found is to observe the people in my life who I love. To see what my parents were like before I could remember. To see what mattered to them in their daily life. To remember what my deceased grandparents sounded like, what they wore, what they did with their hands when they talked. In small ways, watching those videos has given me a new perspective on the people in my life. And, ok, I'll admit it, it was pretty fun finding videos, like this one, of events that give me a window to the moments where I first discovered the things I love.

13 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh I could cry! What a great video and a beautiful reflection.

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  2. Home videos are one of my family's most prized possessions. We love watching them together! This is such a precious moment of you and your parents!

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  3. I wish my parents would just bite the bullet and get our home movies transferred to DVD. I would do it myself, but can't swing it right now. I'm so afraid they're going to stop working because some of them are from when camcorders still had tapes.

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  4. That video is amazing! I love that you found a way to put it online. I am horrible with internet stuff.

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  5. @girlseeksplace my parents took ours to Costco and it was super affordable, but the quality was just ok. I mean, the tapes were already pretty old/low quality as it was, but it came out kind of shaky and we're not sure why. Here's their site if you want more information: http://www.costcodvd.com/services_and_pricing.aspx
    It looks like they accept tapes and many other formats.

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  6. How fun! I love looking at old pictures and videos.
    Somewhere there is a pile of 8mm home movies of when my mom was a kid, and then of my parents' early marriage years. I used to watch them when I was a tween. :) I would love to get those transferred. If I can just figure out where they are being stored...

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  7. how fun!!!

    i can't wait to family videos when i have my own kids some day :)

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  8. Devon...this is adorable! How amazing to have this to re-watch. You were a cute little water baby. :)

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  9. This is so fun! I love looking at old family videos! They are always so fun (and funny) to watch!

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  10. I can't even try and explain what an emotional response that evoked from me. This is by far one of the best things you have ever posted.

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  11. I love home videos because I find it so refreshing to revisit formative experiences you may have either not known about or forgotten you had. As you said, its nice to see how your family interacted before you could remember it, as well as just understand what made you YOU.

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  12. That video clip is so adorable! I don't have many home videos from when I was younger, but the ones I do have, I always like to watch over and over again. They truly fascinate me.

    -Chymere Anais
    www.chymere-anais.blogspot.com

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