Last week we celebrated my daughter Rowan turning two years old. And every moment I spend with her won't be remembered.
I love the idea of writing emails today to your daughter in the future. Could be valuable to write one to yourself...maybe I’ll do that!
Well said! Though they will have infinite photos of themselves, so will those photos become their memories?
I had never thought about how Rowie won’t share the same memories as we will for at least 4 years. 🤯🤯🤯 But your little tribute to her and Alie here was so sweet to read. ❤️❤️ And I love that you set her up with a future email already!
I don’t have kids myself, but this is such an interesting meditation on memory that I’m compelled to comment on times when my own memories are lost versus retained.
I find that I remember much more about a trip or outing when I’ve also taken the time to photograph the experience on film. For many reasons—discernment due to the inherent scarcity of film shots I can take, the higher value of each shot (because they cost money to develop), the prints I get back and display—I’m much more likely to revisit analog photos than digital ones, and to revisit those memories more often by extension.
Not trying to be nitpicky, and I’m probably just dropping in here without understanding context, so if that’s the case apologies in advance. I know this isn’t the main point of your post, but just commenting on one of the last parts. FWIW, the plane John Denver flew was modified from Burt Rutan’s original tank design. Here’s a quote from later in the cited article:
Experimental aircraft kits, however, need not be built as the designer intended. Indeed, the flaws that led to Denver's death were the work of the builder, and had nothing to do with Burt Rutan. These flaws led from the builder's sincere desire to improve on Rutan's work, a goal that could actually be said to have been accomplished from an engineering perspective, even if it did kill the pilot.