Updated on 11.17.09

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Home Movies Edition

Trent Hamm

For the longest time, I didn’t really see the point of taking home movies. I would take some because I’d be encouraged to do so, but they always seemed to just wind up in boxes collecting dust somewhere.

Until last night.

I was digging through one of our closets and came up with a few tapes depicting the day our son was born, his first Christmas, and some other moments from early in his life. We watched them together and he really enjoyed them. He had tons and tons of questions about what was going on and we had to pause it several times to talk about things.

Home movies seem pretty useless when you take them, but they can sure create a magical evening a few years later.

The Science of Success Science is beginning to show beyond a doubt that genes have a huge effect on positive traits in people. Even more interesting, it benefits us to interact with people who are wired differently than us. (@ the atlantic)

11 Steps in Becoming Educated for Your Dream Job These steps can really be boiled down to one thing: push yourself in your education every chance you get. Choose the hard classes. Choose the hard school. A hard-earned C teaches you far more than an easy A. (@ productivity 501)

Slow and Steady Wins the Race The biggest challenge of personal finance is the battle with patience. Patience is hugely rewarded when it comes to personal money management, but many people simply don’t have it. (@ get rich slowly)

Some Counterintuitive Facts about Loneliness If you work in a job where you’re alone much of the time, these are some very important facts to keep in mind. (@ the happiness project)

The Cost of Money People often make some very unusual sacrifices in the name of a bit more money. (@ free money finance)

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  1. Kristen says:

    Growing up we always watched the year’s worth of home videos waiting for midnight on new year’s eve.

  2. Kristine says:

    Kristen, that’s such a cool tradition!

  3. Megan says:

    My dad didn’t own a video camera when we were growing up, but he did occasionally borrow the neighbor’s camera, so we have a small handful of family videos. One from my middle sister’s 5th birthday, and one of my youngest sister learning to walk. Much like the family pictures from my childhood (we have about a zillion–my dad was and is an AVID photographer), I was always fascinated by how young my parents looked, what I was like at that age (I don’t really remember), etc. I can see why your son would be fascinated by them. Give him another ten years, and he’ll be even more intrigued, I guarantee it.

    Two of the articles you linked to really jumped out at me: “11 Steps…” and “… Fact about Loneliness.”

    The first hit me because I have always chosen to do the hard thing over the easy thing, but when it came to college the place I attended was almost too hard, and I’ve been trying to fight down the negative reactions I have to some of my time there. Reading through that article helped me, again, to put the experience in perspective and realize that all is not lost because I spent four years and tens of thousands of dollars on a philosophy degree that challenged me and taught me how to write, but is not, at first glance, terribly useful in the current job market.

    The second one struck me as interesting because I am alone in my job 80% of the time. Not because I work for myself but because my boss is out of the office often. It almost drains me of energy to be alone that much, I’m finding, to the point where I don’t want to go hang out with friends after work, or whatever.

  4. They creat an experience that’s like going back in time and really being there.

  5. Maureen says:

    Some folks make scrapbooks for the same reason. Someday your grandchildren will enjoy looking at these treasures too. Next time you visit your parents, show your son pictures of YOU as a little boy. He’ll love ’em!

    Plus, (though it may be hard to believe now), someday your own memory may be dimmed through time. These memorabilia will be priceless to you.

  6. Vicky says:

    Home videos always make be sob! My digital camera would take videos when I was in high school, and I have so many recordings of my friends and I.

    It’s been years since I’ve seen those people, but it always brings tears to my eyes when I see those tapes!

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