About a million years ago — not quite Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth era but still — we owned a compact little camcorder. You know, for capturing toddler goofiness and such.
For you younguns out there, a camcorder was a handheld video camera where you loaded an actual tape into the side before you could start shooting. I honestly couldn’t tell you what happened to any of those cassettes…they’re probably stored in a box somewhere in the attic or crawl space. Decades from now someone will be cleaning out this house, come across them, and have to google a photo to find out what the dang thing is. Not that it’ll matter by then since there won’t be any photo shops around able to convert the cassette to a playable format.
It seems there was a flaw in our plan to capture early childhood memories.
Now we’ve got fantastic cameras on our phones and more photos than a girl could ever need. The teens are off running so now I entertain myself by shooting video of the fur babies, but much like the camcorder I don’t quite know what to do with them once they’re recorded. Put them in the cloud? Put them on social media? Keep them on my phone? Beats me.
I’ll tell you this, though. If you’d told me ten years ago I could carry a camera that takes shots like this in my back pocket I’d have said you were crazy. Sometimes progress really is amazing.
Linda hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s prompt is “cam.” Find a word that contains “cam” or use it as is. Enjoy!