Last year for Christmas, my kids bought me the most thoughtful present… which ALMOST ended up being the gift of nightmares.
After complaining I kept old family photos “tucked away in shoeboxes,” they had my precious memories converted into digital form… where they would, in theory, be kept for safekeeping.
It was great at first — I could finally share all my favorite memories from throughout the years! My son’s first steps… the day my husband won the state bowling tournament… decades of memories were suddenly at my fingertips.
But then something terrible happened. I was looking for one of my favorite photos of my father… and I couldn’t find it.
It was the last photo taken of him with his great-granddaughter Ashley before he passed away. In the picture, he’s hugging Ashley with his gift from her (you can’t see it, but it was a macaroni necklace that says “I love you granpapa”). It’s one of the last times I saw his smile…
We had no idea this would be their last Christmas together. I still have that macaroni necklace… but the photo — which is far more precious to me — was gone. I was heartbroken and felt helpless.
“Maybe it’s in another folder,” I thought to myself. So I started looking… and with each empty folder, my heart sunk further. I started to feel the tears build as my throat swelled up. “It can’t be gone… can it?!”
I swear, I looked through every single folder on my phone and computer — three times. I even called the company who digitized my memories to make sure they hadn’t forgotten it… but they confirmed that the file had been uploaded to my computer.
Slowly, the truth started to hit me: That precious memory of my father is lost forever… and I didn’t even know what happened.
Did I delete it by mistake? Move it somewhere else? “Corrupt the file” — whatever that means? I simply don’t know enough about computers to say for sure.
Not only did I lose the photo, I felt like I was letting my father down. I NEVER would have risked that photo… because I know I’ll never get to create another one. Yet there I was, completely lost and feeling helpless.
When I called my kids — in tears, might I add — and told them what happened, they laughed.
“Huh? What’s so funny?” I asked.
“You didn’t see ThePhotoStick OMNI we left you!? It has everything on it… I’m sure dad’s photo is there,” my daughter reassured me.
I didn’t even know what ThePhotoStick OMNI was!! I thought the whole point of moving those photos to my computer was to keep those memories safe. I didn’t know there were additional precautions I was supposed to take!
“It’s in the top drawer,” my son told me. “Just plug it in. They’re all there!”
Sure enough, I plugged it into my computer… and a few seconds later, ALL of my photos and videos were right there in front of me — including the one I had “lost forever”.
It was amazing! They were even organized in some special program, making them all easy to find.
I breathed a huge sigh of relief – then chuckled. But how did they do this?!
Well, I’ll be darned… it turns out my kids are even smarter than I thought. They knew I might have an accident (we still don’t know exactly what happened), so they backed all my files up beforehand — using this little device called ThePhotoStick OMNI.
Even better, they showed me how to use it so I never have to worry about losing my photos OR videos again. Most importantly, it’s really easy to use — if you’re like me and can’t afford to lose your precious memories, then you really ought to know about this thing!See If PhotoStick OMNI Is Available