Preserving memories is important; experiencing the moments even more precious

Published 7:57 pm Friday, January 5, 2024

A couple of years ago, my cousin’s son set out to help me with a project.

Mason is quite smart – off the chart smart, especially when it comes to tech, so I enlisted him to digitally transpose all my VHS tapes before they were no longer legible. As tapes age, they lose a lot of their quality, and I was wanting to preserve as many as possible.

So, I boxed all my precious memories up –it was a very large box – and mailed them to him.

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Well, as with most teens, Mason had way more fun things to do than fool with my old tapes and they sat at my cousin’s house for quite some time.

I wasn’t worried or upset. I mean he was doing, or at least was planning to do, me an enormous favor.

But more time went on and I guess my cousin figured her son would never complete the task, so once again the tapes were packed up and handed off to a professional company that transposes analog video.

I don’t know if any of you have ever checked into the cost of converting your old tapes into a digital format, but it ain’t cheap. So, when Mason called to let me know his mom had sent them off, and that she was going to pay for the service, I about hit the floor.

My cousin is a very generous person, but this was just over the top. I called her up and insisted I reimburse her, but she was not having it, so when the box arrived back at my house along with the six thumb drives, I was flooded with emotion.

Obviously, I have since sat down to enjoy those days gone by, which have included dance recitals, my now-grown children putting cookies and milk out for Santa and there was even the sonogram when I was pregnant with my last child.

Most of these videos were taken by someone else – either hubby or as for the dance recital tapes – the videographer who had been hired to record the performance – because I was always more inclined to watch in real time.

To hold and record using a camcorder was cumbersome, and it always felt like I was missing out since my view was obstructed by the device.

So, to say I am thankful for those who did record is an understatement. There is nothing quite as valuable as recollecting those precious moments of the past.

With the dawn of cell phones, recording has become a lot easier and definitely less cumbersome.

And because of this I have been more inclined to record. But I have to admit, while a cell phone is not nearly as bulking and heavy as the old video cameras, there are still times I just like being in the moment with nothing barring my view and allowing my memory to capture those special happenings.



About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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