Kfred Jr. and Goldilocks gave Mrs. Kfred a belated birthday gift while attending the FTI Open House event over the weekend. It was only belated in the fact that he didn't forget, rather, they couldn't get the gift on time for her birthday in January. Regardless, it's one of those gifts she will always have. They converted old video tapes onto digital disk. And we will have it forever.
During the formative years of both Kfred Jr's. 1 and 2 during the 90's, we had a video camera. Starting with the initial rental of the 2-piece, 10 lb monster with the battery pack you wore on your hip (does anyone remember those in today's age of miniaturization?) to a simple 8mm hand cam we later owned, we documented our families life and events. Birthday parties, Christmas time, plays, game, etc. It's all there. And wow! The weight was a bit less, the hair was a bit darker, the clothes were a bit different, and the memories were completely forgotten. But it was (and will always be) fun to go back in time and relive the experiences.
Mrs. Kfred actually cried during a couple of scenes. From the joy of seeing 2 little boys whom have grown to fine men to Grandma and Grandpa still being with us and marveling at "that thing" to the people and events of our past suddenly recreated and visited, it's all there. And of course, so is the embarrassing stuff.
I know that Kfred Jr. made copies of all of the disks for his own enjoyment. We plan to make a set for his brother as well. Obviously, it only means anything of value to our family. I think the cousins in Colorado might take notice, though, as they might be appearing on a video snippet on Facebook in a less than flattering light. Hey, it's all in fun. And I can go back anytime.