HOME VIDEO … Lost for almost 20 years !
This September will be 20 years since my husband Richard passed away. He was just 59years old.
He had presented me with a video camera two years before that and I had fun recording some of the exciting events that happened then … weddings of our oldest son and our daughter, a family reunion in Cape Cod and just about anything else that caught my fancy.
An especially poignant scene that I captured on film was stopping at the “Air Transport Command” restaurant on our way home from our son’s wedding in New York state. I blogged about it on 12/31/07. It wasn’t just the WWII setting and the music that touched me so deeply … it was to be the last time that he and I were able to have an evening out together. It was August 15 of 2000 and he died on Sept. 22nd.
Although I didn’t have much heart for Christmas that year I decided to make copies of the video material that I had taken that featured Dick . I had it spliced together on one tape and I sent them to my four sisters as gifts. I wanted him to live on in their sight as well as in their memories.
A few years back I decided to catalogue my tapes and, lo and behold, I couldn’t find my copy of that tape anywhere. All the pictures were lost forever and I was heartsick. When I visited my sister in Florida recently I mentioned it with the hope that they may have kept the copy I sent to them that Christmas.
They gently explained that they had made many moves in 20 years and it would be a miracle if that one tape showed up. My other sisters are in nursing homes so I gave up on the idea of asking them and decided to accept the fact of my loss.
Fast forward to last week’s mail. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the package and saw the long lost tape. My Florida sister is moving to a rest home in Cape Cod and, in the process of packing up their belongings, they came across it.
You can just imagine how happy this has made me and I even had a good laugh (amidst the tears) when I watched my daughter hamming it up as a sex-pot with her newly wedded husband in 1989 and heard him say, “watch what your saying…someone may be looking at this 20 years from now.” !!