For the past five years or so, I have created a family calendar each year and distributed it en masse to the family each Christmas. I do our family calendar on Vistaprint.com – far and away my favorite printing site. The calendar is filled with family photos from the past year. It isn’t as if the family calendar has ever been of such a quality that it would win any awards, but it means something to us. And as such, the calendar tradition continues from year to year.
Typically I do the family calendar in August and they sit in a drawer waiting for Christmas to roll around. But this year has been hectic and I realized this evening that the calendar hadn’t been completed yet. My first thought was – oh my, this could cause a family uprising. Well, maybe not an uprising, maybe not even any rise in blood pressure -but there may be some disappointment.
I have been working on the family calendar for the past couple of hours. It isn’t quite complete, but in another hour or so it will be. I think I would have had it completed in about thirty minutes had I not discovered that I could do a lot of photo layout shifting. All these years doing the calendar and I never realized the extent of the options available to me. I quickly discovered that given the choice of having one photo on a page or a collage of three or four, I unfailingly picked the collage option. Of course that means more photos and more photos means a need for more attention to equal photo time for all the kids. You wouldn’t think it would matter much who showed up in the calendar the most, but it does. Cheyenne actually counts to see if she makes the most appearances. Noah takes great glee in antagonizing her and telling her that others have more photos in the calendar than her. She believes that being the baby in the family entitles her to more calendar space. Alas, with grandchildren in the loop her face time in the calendar is necessarily shrinking – not only in number of photos, but in size (that is the reality of collage pages). She kept a watchful eye on me this evening as I was selecting potential calendar photos – I was really feeling the pressure.
With all the photos in place now I can tell you that the balance in the calendar photos is a bit off. The grand kids took precedent over the kids this year. I know I will be hearing about this from Cheyenne, but all I will be able to offer is that I did the best I can given the number of folks and photos involved.
When it is all said and done, all that really matters is that the calendar tradition continues and each family member is in it. Ultimately, the photo face time matters a whole lot less than the memories the photos represent. Yes…that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
Day one thousand one hundred and ninety-six of the new forty – obla di obla da