Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Back in the day

I spent quite a large chunk of last weekend in the company of my 8 year old self. Don't worry, I haven't invented some sort of time machine, created a time paradox by meeting myself, "the results of which could start a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe!" Take a bow, Dr Emmett Brown. Nothing so exciting I'm afraid. I've been watching home videos.

I've just got a fancy new bit of technology that enables to me to copy from VHS to DVD, so I've been doing that very thing with the home vids that my Dad made back in the mid-90s. It's been an odd experience. Mostly very fun - I was pretty amusing as a kid - but also quite poignant at times. Grandparents that are no longer here in reality are there on tape and the experience of seeing them there is quite different to that of looking at a still photo. It's a vivid reminder of their personalities and quirks.

It's bizarre to see myself up on the screen as a healthy child! Such a vast chunk of my life has been defined by the M.E. that is strange to remember that back then it wasn't.

I'm also unusually extroverted! Most people remember me as a shy child who wouldn't say boo to a goose. (I've never really understood that saying - a goose could be quite frightening if it wanted to. Surely it should be 'boo to a sparrow' or something along those lines?) Evidently when I was around familiar company and situations, I had no qualms about showing off or being overly loud.

I was also struck by the number of school concerts, plays, gym displays etc that we've got on tape. These days I expect that parents aren't allowed to film such things because they contain other people's kids. It's an understandable safety precaution but it is still sad that these records won't be around for the children of today to show their children.

1 comment:

JackP said...

Nostalgia? Pah! The sort of nostalgia you get today is nothing compared to the nostalgia you got when I were a lad...

Joking aside, I quite like the whole nostalgia kick too: I recently got lots of photos of my great-uncle John who died in WWII, which I stuck on my website, and I've done family history research (much of which can be easily done online if you're interested, give me a shout if you want me to send you some links).

And as for "filming the kiddies", the normal rule seems to be -- at least at our kids nursery, party events and so on -- if all parents agree, it's okay. Which they normally do, so long as you know all the other kids/parents there. And I think that's probably a reasonable compromise...