The Box

I found it in the far reaches of the closet. A box. A dusty box marked with the word “photos” penned in that familiar scrawl. Amongst the 100’s of snap shots, there it was. The family album. I hadn’t seen it in years!  With the album in my hands, I slowly lowered myself to a seated position onto the old, outdated carpet. I began to flip the pages. There they are, my grandparents, young and beautiful and their new little family.  I remember looking at this album when I was just a little kid and now I am decades older than my dad was in the photos. I can’t wait to show the album to my kids, to introduce them to their great grandparents.  I flip from page to page looking at the priceless collection that means more to me now than ever before.  "I’m so happy to have found you old friend!"  I pull the album to my chest and give it the biggest hug then look up from the book and look around: “This old house meant a lot to you dad, and I will miss it and you!”


Nothing lasts for ever, and digital images can disappear in seconds. People lose their most important photos every day when hard drives fail, when smartphones and laptops are stolen, when online services shut down, and when natural disasters strike. Fires, floods and earthquakes can also destroy digital records - extracted from The Guardian