Peter Strople said:
Legacy is not leaving something for people. It's leaving something in people.
Today, more and more baby boomers like myself find our aging parents are leaving a plethora of things, considered their legacy, that will eventually need to be sorted through after they are gone. Unfortunately, when that time comes, we won't have the convenience of their input into the value or importance of what is saved and must figure it out for ourselves. For example, when my mother passed away at the age of 92 she left boxes and boxes of stuff for me and my siblings to sort through. We all sat around a ping pong table, each on a side, and passed items around. My mother kept it all. It was truly overwhelming. We were grieving the lost of our parent and hated to part with anything, So, I kept things like a postcard of the Holiday Inn from my best childhood friend and my college acceptance letter from the United State Air Force Academy. We rented a U-Haul trailer to bring furniture and boxes of papers back home. Once home, I went through it all again and threw much of it away. Now, several years later, I sure wish I had a digital file of that post card and acceptance letter.
In today's fabulous word of data collection and digital presentations it only makes sense to preserve these paper and print legacies for future generations in a format that is both portable and engaging. In this age of becoming minimalist [which I completely support] let's find a way not to destroy or ignore the material inheritances but rather keep them as reminders of the example our parents and grandparents left for us.