Monday, December 7, 2009

Life Preservers by Frameable Faces Photography

My Grandpa Louie was the best grandpa a kid could have.

Mostly because he was just hilarious. I remember he would put on these skits for me that would have me doubling over in laughter.

Grandpa Louie and I played a lot of gin rummy. He'd keep score under the headings, "you" and "me." It was great when I beat him because he'd curse with words that weren't swear words. "Sacramento, California!" was one of his big swears.

Grandpa's sister died a couple days before my bar mitzvah back in 1983, so he didn't dance. You're not supposed to dance during shiva. But he did chant the prayer over the bread and he talked on camera for the videographer for about 30 seconds or so. He talked along with my Grandma Lillian, who I loved very much.

I also was very close with my Grandma Ann. I remember our little "discussions" together when we would talk about practically everything. Grandma Ann made the greatest noodle kugle ever. Just crunchy enough on the outside, it was such a treat. She is also on that bar mitzvah video. Talking for only about 8 seconds, she said, "He's one-of-a-kind! That's it!" Of course, she was referring to me. There is also video of me dancing with Grandma Ann.

My Uncle Eddie was my dad's older brother and he was quite a character. Uncle Eddie talked on the video for only about 30 seconds and he was hilarious too.

They are all gone now. And I will cherish the memories I have of each of them always. The clips of them on that videotape are priceless to me. And I am so thankful I have them to show to my children. I wish the clips weren't so brief, though. I would give anything now to have had any one of us sit them down in front of a video camera to talk about their lives for an hour or two. It would be like a personal video documentary that I could show my kids, who are named after them. They could have learned about their great grandparents and maybe even gotten to know them on some level. That would be the greatest treasure of all.

We keep the memories of our loved ones alive when we pass down stories and reminisce. But as the years pass, our memories grow dim, generations pass, and these family histories erode. Don't you agree that our grandchildren deserve the awesome gift of knowing our grandparents and hearing about their lives straight from them, as they would tell it? This is the mission of Life Preservers.

The time to get your parents and grandparents in front of a professional videographer is right now. Don't put it off for another day.

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