When I started this blog, with my first (and most boring) post (from the experience, I told myself I would never blog again. HaHa!), I was scanning the photos from my maternal grandfather's family to burn to discs for my family. It was a very long process, and I don't know if any of them even look at them.
I am now working on my mom's mom's side--the Holz's. My mom kept many photos. I only plan on giving these to those who really want them.
|My great grandparents: William and Dorothea (Kluever) Holz - 1887|
As I started scanning this morning, there were a number of things on my mind. First, I felt the joy again of becoming familiar with the names and faces of those who paved the way for me. I feel an amazing amount of gratitude for these people I've never met but whose genetic code I carry. Second, I felt close to my mom. I appreciated her painstaking work in gathering the information and photos of these people.
I have to be honest that my next feelings weren't as great. I found that this scanner takes MUCH longer than the old one did while I was doing the Stegner photos. I have to manipulate the photos much more. #7's taking her nap, so that's wonderful that she'll still do that, but I'm supposed to be studying. I started to think...I want these to be available to anyone who wants them. I think that's what my mom would want too. I know she frequently photocopied these same pictures to send to people back in the day before scanners and email and compact discs. I know she went out of her way to share her family with anyone who asked.
As I think ahead to the discs and cases and labels, and the time this takes away from other things I need to be doing, I'm wondering, is it wrong and selfish of me to put a price on this project? I don't want to do that to my family. If there are people who really want them, they should have them, shouldn't they? But, then again, what is my time and effort worth? Am I really just being selfish?
Please, I'd love to know your opinion.