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Adlen Robinson: Convert old family videos so you can enjoy them today
Adlen Robinson

So, how many of you have a box or two of videos of your children and/or grandchildren in your closet, basement or attic? We had a pretty big box for years. We longed to see those videos of our kids — we all want to remember how those little ones looked and what they sounded like when they were so young.

I heard an ad about Legacy Box — no, I am not getting paid for advertising them, and no, I don’t know the company personally at all. But, I had a coupon, and took a leap of faith and sent off almost half of our videos to get converted.

Well, let me just say, happy day to us! We got the movies on a tiny thumb drive. We plugged it in to a computer and the television, and suddenly were transported back to the 90s and early 2000 years when our four children were toddlers and young children.

It was hilarious to see them singing, talking, dancing, laughing and even crying. I thought I had a good memory, but couldn’t believe how many things I had forgotten about these past almost three decades. So sweet to see our nephews and nieces interacting during holidays and family gatherings.

One of the funniest memories was the scene of our first major diaper changing with our first child. My mother was filming as we painstakingly changed that diaper and tended to his other needs. We had at least one argument during that diaper changing and if you listen closely, you can hear my mother softly chuckling in the background. Oh the woes of new parents.

It was so fun to see our children’s reactions to so many “firsts.” Enjoying their first trips to the beach, the lake, camping, sporting events and more. Also seeing their attempts at learning to ride bikes, water ski, roller blades, ice skating, and riding a dirt bike and a go cart. 

Of course, over the years collectively it felt like our children tried every sport there was — baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse, softball, ballet, horseback riding, kayaking, swimming, ice skating, to name the ones I can remember. It was so fun seeing the children trying their hands at some of those sports.

It was also so fun to see their numerous birthday parties — and how sweet to see so many friends we are all still friends with. It is always strange to see yourself so much younger (and thinner), but how fun to reminisce.

Probably the best thing about seeing those old videos was seeing my sweet father who passed away 10 years ago. My dad was a funny guy. He was always a loving father and grandfather to 11 grandchildren. I loved seeing him interact with all of us and to hear his sweet voice made me cry several times — but they were tears of joy.

If you have a box of videos — we had lots from three or four different video cameras from over the years, I would encourage you to have them converted to a thumb drive or at least a DVD so you can enjoy those memories. 

We had a great experience with Legacy Box, but I am sure there are other services out there you can use. Things are so different now with our cellphones being our primary camera and video device — but for those of us from “back in the day” you can still see all of your old videos and share them with your loved ones. 


South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” Email her at adlen@adlenshomematters.com.