Welcome to Project Real Life REDO, a project to re-start the (closed and finished) Project Real Life Workshop with some friends. Project Real Life was a 4Expert course by by Becky Higgins I took care of Big Picture Classes. I’m documenting the class prompts and then I’ll include them in my Project Life.

This week was about Memorializing the Past and the content got me thinking about a lot of things, as the content has done in past weeks. Specifically, I got to thinking about my game plan for the big plastic tub of childhood photos in my basement and the heritage photos of my grandmother in my pantry. But I had to think harder about what I was going to document for this week in my Project Life insert, because I wasn’t wanting to do a “2013 so far” sort of thing. I think I’ve got 2013 pretty darn well covered so far. I started to think about the past in terms of history instead of my recent past, and I began to get more ideas.

I looked through my photos from last week and a theme popped out at me: we as a family are very plugged in and LOVE technology, but have been doing more to simplify, which in a way memorializes the past (especially in respect to food).

I think we have to be careful about looking back through history wistfully, because often what we view as a golden age was awash with violence and prejudice. It’s easy to read textbooks and think that we’re worse off now than our great-grandparents were, but reading social history and classics makes me so thankful that I am alive now and was not born in some other time period. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that have been left in the past that should be reclaimed!

Here are the photos that jumped out at me as memorializing the past, as we strive to rewind to grow our own food and buy it from farmers, visit chickens at a little farm by my grandpa’s house, and appreciate the history of our 109 year old house, our even older neighborhood, and our amazing city.

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How do you memorialize the past?

If you’re doing a Project Real Life REDO too, head over to Document Life Workshop to link-up and to see what Allie and Alissa are doing!