The following video by Becci Manson made me tear up. Photos are dear to my heart. I just had this conversation with my grand-aunt Waltraud who couldn’t understand why I would redo a new photo album for my grand-aunt Margot, who just recently had to move to an elderly home. “She doesn’t care about those old photos”. I said “Yes she does, she actually asked for them!” Looking at those old photos was a big part of my visits with my aunt Margot – it is one of my fondest childhood memories. I can totally understand that for aunt Margot after being taken away from her home, those photos will give her a feeling of home and consolation.
But listen and see yourself how Becci talks about how she, together with local volunteers and a global group of colleagues recruited online, helped to restore memories after the Tsunami in Japan.
I am touched by the willingness of Becci Manson and other volunteers to help with their skills- it amazes me and makes me remember that help, consolation and hope can have many faces! Thank you Becci Manson and the volunteers for this reminder!
“[Photos are] our memory-keepers and our histories, the last thing we would grab [in a crisis], and the first thing you’d go back to look for.” (Becci Manson)