Memories in the cloud

My wonderful grandmother Mary passed away last week. She was a beautiful person, filled with so much love for all.

My sister and I are putting together a slideshow to play during the memorial service, filled with pictures of her and my grandfather’s life together. It’s really wonderful how easy Dropbox has made it to compile photos from various family members.

Photos are one thing, but it’s amazing how quickly you forget everyday things about someone who has died, like the sound of my grandmother’s voice. Video is still rather difficult to share and keep readily accessible, and frankly, we just don’t have much video of her.

A wonderful surprise came when I realized that because I’ve been using Google Voice for several years, I have archives of every voicemail that my grandmother ever left me. It was such a treat to hear her voice again, and be reminded of her amazing spirit in a way that no photo could.

Messages cannot be downloaded directly, but if you use Google Takeout, you can download your messages all at once as mp3 files.

As our lives move to the cloud, it’ll be easier to look back and recall cherished memories. I’m thankful for that.

Life goes by so fast.

 
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