This post is about a hat, and how it’s changed my view of holding onto the past.
I’ve been told this hat was knit, or crocheted I’m not sure of the difference, for me by my Nana. Interestingly, it was never discarded, but kept in a box of belongings and stored away in a closet.
Fast forward to fall 2011…
Over the past year, my mother has become increasingly antsy for me to clear my storage from their house. Totally understandable, no sarcasm intended. During one of my purges, I came across this hat. It was now slightly aged and stretched out. I’ve been wearing it ever since, sans the puff ball on top, and tassels along the side. Those were removed.
It’s started an internal discussion about the importance of material memories. This idea was at first foreign to me, I love the opportunities digital media provides us today. I’m especially drawn to its ability to suspend moments, freeze them in time, providing the unique ability to revisit that moment at any point in the future. Material memories don’t allow allow this. You need to display them, pull them out of a box, or more importantly store them. Why would someone want all that hassle?
Unlike digital memories that are suspended in time, material memories capture a small piece of those who have contributed to that objects essence.
These memories allow us to directly connect with past. They are like a portal to the past that we can travel on a timeline. Traveling not to just one specific suspended moment in time, but to an entire experience. One that may span moments, hours, days, even years.
So moving forward, as I continue to create digital memories, I’ll also be looking to protect and cherish material memories as well. I’m wondering what material memories that are important to you?