I gave them to my parents last year for Christmas and what a joy it was to see the happy looks on their faces. We laughed and cried while we watched those we love and those who have passed bring back cherished memories: opening packages Christmas morning with my parents and grandparents, making snowmen and having snowball fights with my cousins, ice-skating on the lake, my brand new Schwinn bike, family vacations at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, weddings with bridesmaids wearing big hats and polyester dresses, and my brother’s first birthday with his face full of cake.
My niece and nephew, who are in their early twenties and late teens, asked, “Where’s the sound?” Technology has made taking movies so much easier and the quality so much better. But there was nothing more fun than Saturday night with my Dad getting out the movie screen and projector while Mom made popcorn. My brother and I would sit on the floor and watch those wonderful, soundless, poor quality eight millimeter movies and love every minute.