For this week’s challenge, preserve something ephemeral by transforming it.
If you grew up before, say, the mid-’90s, you know the feeling of being stuck on the digital-analog divide. My life today is almost 100% device-based, but so much of what I consider my “archive” is handwritten or printed — and consequently stuffed in boxes I rarely (okay: never) open.
You can imagine my delight, then, at seeing transcribingmemory featured on Discover recently. It’s a site where writer Angie Scarfe faithfully transcribes pages from the journals of her husband’s 98-year-old grandmother. The blog is clearly a labor of love — both for the person whose stories are being transformed into accessible blog posts and preserved for posterity, and for the written word in all its material, handwritten glory. As Angie explains:
The act of sharing what she wrote with her has been charming, mind bending, and bonding. There are certain passages I don’t look forward to sharing with her, or even reading myself. But this is what a chronicling of a life asks of us.
For this week’s challenge, we ask that you, too, take something ephemeral and non-digital and bring it to your blog for all of us to enjoy and reflect on. Of course, not all of us have access to a collection of century-old journals. So let’s define “transcribing” as broadly as possible: you could share an old photo from your childhood album, or snap a photo of a handwritten note from your best friend when you were 11. Record yourself singing a tune that hasn’t made it to iTunes, draw a sketch of your favorite room in your grandparents’ house, or simply write down a memorable conversation that would otherwise be lost to time.
I can’t wait to see what you dig up from your own archives, whether physical or memory-based.