I was tired of reading one afternoon so I started going through my old photo albums. I went way back; some pictures are over 50 years old. I pulled some of the pictures that I had duplicates of and tossed them in the garbage and then continued on through about 10 albums. Each day I had time, I went through more and more of the over 30 albums I have.

I laughed and I cried, and oh boy, did it bring back some great memories. There are photos of all the trips Steve and I and my friends have taken. I used to be meticulous and write down all the costs and pictures of where we stayed and ate. Well, times have sure changed after 40-some years.

I loved looking at all the old clothes that Steve and I wore. It was amazing to me that I remembered so many of them from years ago. Steve had a favorite shirt that I loved, and I wondered where I asked him to leave it after 10-plus years. And the hairstyles I had forgotten when I had worn my hair so long and then, for a while, so short. It wasn’t just mine; sometimes I had to really think to identify some of the folks in the photos.

How we smiled at all the pictures of the grandbabies. Wow, have they grown up fast. Now they are to 17 to 23 years old. Where did that time go?

I then enjoyed looking at the pictures of my work events and work parties. I sat and remembered the cooking shows and bachelor auctions that the paper put on. I smiled as I thought of the fun times we had and the hard work that went into them.

My girlfriend pictures were both wonderful and hilarious. I could make some real money blackmailing them for the hairstyles and clothes that we thought were pretty, smart and stylish in those days.

I loved the pictures of all our cats. They were all curled up in their favorite chair or on the sofa. I think now what I need to do is go back through those albums one more time and put all the cat pictures in one album, newspaper pictures in another, etc. That would easily take me a month of Sundays, so maybe I will rethink after the holidays.

Where are my latest photos? All 3,200 are on my phone and in the cloud. I hardly print them out at all anymore. After a trip, I may pick about a dozen that are my favorites and just leave the rest. The phone organizes them for me by city and date. It even will put all my friends’ photos together.

Recently, my granddaughter got a new iPhone and she asked how many photos it would hold. The gentleman at Verizon told her about 30,000. Wow! I have put some of my favorites to music on my phone and sit and watch them over and over. Times have sure changed.

Ann Young says what would we do without our old memories? Sayoung1947@gmail.com