My New Zealand grandmother left us all a legacy that still guides us more than 50 years after her death. For decades she kept a scrapbook of her pithy ‘letters to the editor’, poems that expressed her longing for England, the homeland of her parents, and little quotes that had sustained her while my grandfather was fighting in the trenches in France during WWI.
I was only 10 when my grandmother died but because of her scrapbook I feel the grown-up in me knows the grown-up in her. Fifty years on her beautiful spirit is still there in the pages of her scrapbook, guiding and loving us in ways that transcend time.
Scrapbooks speak to future generations about who we are and what we stand for. More than that, in my experience, they carry love out across the generations to family members their author will never meet in person. As I watch my adult sons, who of course never knew her, pour over her scrapbook I know there can be no greater gift!
What has been your experience with scrapbooks in your family across the generations?
I am new to scrapbooking, so I can’t speak to generations. Unless of course someone has one that I don’t yet know about.
A friend of mine got me started a few years back and my first project was a scrapbook of my oldest son’s high school years. I wrapped it and gave it to him as a Christmas gift during his first semester at college. He loved it! And I loved watching him open it and I loved watching his expressions as he viewed / read page after page. I plan to do the same for my youngest son, when he starts high school in two years.
Such a nice memory , with our digital world few now create scrap books .
It is possible with a radiation Sun burst all digital data is wiped , in a odd way the 21st century may not leave a legacy for future generations to explore and marvel at.
Hi, Helen. That sounds so wonderful. I had one scrapbook I created, but I lost interest in it. It’s good to keep memories in scrapbooks, journals, and anything else that holds sentimental value to you.