As much as I try to pretend that time is not marching on at lightening speed, I can’t help but think about the future. I often wonder what my kids will be when they grow up—will they remember all these fun things we did and vacations we took—and milestones they hit? Probably not. And when I try to show them their first steps or their first soccer goals I’ll have to shuffle through a zillion pictures on my phone or digital albums on my laptop to find those moments.
Looking back now isn’t what it used to be. We have so many photos and so many videos that it is difficult to pinpoint the important moments or even keep track of everything. Social media services like Instagram and Facebook are great for tracing memories but there is so much information to sift through and I often don’t have time to go through everything. I am sure my kids will lose interest while they are scrolling through years of pictures and hundreds posts to find that one special moment.
I remember picking up old albums at my grandparents’ homes and seeing pictures of us when we were little, or even pictures of my parents when they were young. There were just a few photos from each year and we cherished them. We’d find old photos of great grandparents or great aunts and but we couldn’t identify many of the people. I would ask the story behind each picture but unless there was a clear birthday cake in the photo or a halloween costume, no one could remember the moment accurately. My dad would squint his eyes and say, “Hmm…third birthday…maybe fourth?” My mom might have a better (but still vague) recollection or a funny story (perhaps her revisionist memory) but I was always skeptical.
We needed some sort of guide or note to go along with each old photo that would tell the story and breathe life into each of those moments. I think about that for my children now…preserving specific and meaningful memories that I can show them in the future that they can discover on their own. I remember making time capsules as a kid and being so thrilled to read notes and letters I wrote to myself. Even if the letter was only from the previous year it felt like stepping back in time. Imagine finding a photo ten years from now accompanied by a written memory of that special moment. Like stepping back in time or looking into the future. I get chills just thinking about it.
TimeSpring is a new mobile App that does exactly that! It preserves digital photos and videos—your memories—and then delivers them to your kids on specific dates in the future—dates you select. It is a time-release messaging service. You don’t have to print anything out or painstakingly create and organize a digital album that you then probably have to transfer to an external hard drive because the files are so large…and what if the laptop crashes? Memories are lost. No thanks. TimeSpring is the solution to all of that.
TimeSpring enables time-released messaging so that parents, grandparents, even the kids themselves can send photos and videos into the future. How amazing would it be to capture your child’s first steps then have it delivered on their first day of high school…or college with a note about how proud you were watching them take their first baby steps and now you’re watching them run and soar into their future. I can hardly hold back tears thinking of how exciting this will be to have surprise memories delivered to them.
The TimeSpring App Photo messaging is free; one-time video messaging is .99 cents per message; and unlimited photos and video messaging is $29.99 a year. We parents might have to send a few to ourselves to remind us of the milestones we hit with our kids and to make us appreciate each moment.