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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Making Video Memories

In the weeks and months after losing Barry, my three-year-old son William would often talk about his daddy. He would tell stories of things we had done as a family. He would tell me all the different things he liked to do with his daddy. He would tell me things that Barry had said to him. William's memories were painful to listen to. I so desperately wanted William to keep these memories in his heart and struggled with a great fear and sadness that he might forget them. And then I had an idea...

I purchased a Flip Video camera and kept it with me where ever we went. When William would randomly start talking about his daddy, I would record what he said. I wanted William to be able to tell himself memories of his daddy. I know he will forget a lot of the memories he now has. And, hopefully, I will be around for a long time to tell him about his daddy and all the fun things we did together. But I also wanted him to hear memories form his own perspective.  

Since William is only three, most of his videos are about 5-10 minutes. He loves to make them. For some reason, he seems to talk about his daddy most at dinner time, so many of our videos are made right at the table. One of my favorite videos is of William telling me a story about Barry with a mouth full of food - it's going to be great to show him when he's older and easily embarrassed...

For those that are curious, this is one of William's non-food-chewing videos about his daddy.  

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3 comments:

Courtney Hofmann said...

this is such a great idea! i bet william will really appreciate this when he is older. you are so creative and shepherding his heart well through this. can't wait to get to see and know you more through KV!

Ana said...

Love him!!! He really loves his dinosaurs... that is so cute. This video memories idea is excellent,and he will appreciated a lot later. You and your little ones are still in my prayers.

Jeff and Heather said...

Oh my gosh I love that kid and miss him terribly! What an awesome idea to have him make these videos. They will be a priceless treasure to your whole family!