Why did I ever start this! ……..Yes, I do know why. I have stored three precious (to me) boxes with my parents’ generations lives in them. I started archiving family material a few years ago. As time has passed, it has become a more onerous task. From keeping every minor paper of an outing, even a bus ticket, I have decided the archiving has just got to be reduced to more manageable levels. Just as I get into the swing of it, think I have broken the back of what there is, what do I come up with…the equivalent of a treasure trove of memorabilia which I thought I had lost. It means that I have a massive amount of sorting,reading, scanning, especially selected photos, some of which are deteriorating and need much time for restoring.
The thought of the time it will take and the intense emotional investment there is in this work, makes me feel tired. I have been balking at the thought of starting the task on all the newly found information. Yet, when the next generation is showing an interest in knowing and wanting to identify with parents, the reason for archiving, even in a relatively haphazard way, becomes blatantly obvious and important. It is clear it is not me projecting my ideas of what the family and future progeny will want, it makes it a real and definite requirement.