Ever since I was a little girl and I’m sure even before then…my Grandma’s walls have been COVERED with photos, artwork and hand-crafted knick-knacks! When I was just a little girl I remember her carrying me around and showing me every single person, telling me their names and their stories. I remember her showing us all the different hand-crafted items and telling us the story of who made it or why she purchased it…because there was always a story!
Grandma’s walls tell the story of Grandma’s life. They are a visual representation of all that is important to Grandma, and all the history that is important to us! They show where her parents got married, Aunts and Uncles who have since passed, her daughter who is now in heaven. They show us as little kids, as pimple-faced teens, as newly-weds, as expectant parents, and as actual parents! Her walls hold actual works of art painted by my father, and “priceless” works of art painted by my children. Her curio cabinets hold precious baubles created by my Aunt before her passing, and exquisite creations made by my Grandpa’s sister! If you’ve ever sent her a photo card for Christmas (or any other holiday), I can guarantee you will find that picture hung somewhere on her wall!
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you know the importance of having photos hung on your walls, or put in albums for your children to see. My children walk around my Grandma’s house in awe, pointing out all the people they know, and comparing themselves to the photos. There is a picture of me that my daughter swears is her. There is a picture of my husband and I at our wedding that my littlest always looks at and says “Mommy, you were a REAL princess!” They ask my Grandma about places and people and things, and my Grandma happily tells them the same stories she told me! Her walls are connecting many generations….and yours can too!!
In today’s digital age, fewer and fewer people are hanging their stories on their actual walls. We rely on our Facebook wall and our Instagram feeds to convey our stories. Who knows what will happen in the future, but I urge you to print your photos, and hang your “priceless” artwork. Let your walls tell the story of your life for future generations. I want my grandkids to look at my walls the way we look at my Grandma’s walls, I want them to be inspired and feel connected to past generations!