Shortly after we had Jackson in February of 2011, I saw a Google commercial on TV where this guy had setup a Gmail account for his girl, and had been sending her pictures, videos, and messages to share with her one day in the future. After I wiped the tears away, I decided I was stealing this idea.
Since then, I have setup my boys with Gmail accounts (that will remain anonymous for fear of spam) that I use as a kind of web based journal. Many times I’ll send a picture or video with a little description of what was going on at the time. My plan is to give them access to these accounts when they graduate high school, or are at least mature enough to appreciate it. At that point, they should have hundreds of messages from me (and a few others) chronicling their life with stories, pictures, and video.
Needless to say I am pretty excited about the idea, and it has given me the opportunity to share both fun things and things that are a little more serious. I think of it as a time capsule, so I’ll share things like the first time they say something, crawl, or walk. I’ve also sent emails about my wish for their lives (cue the Rascal Flatts) which I hope can be encouraging years down the road when they may need it the most.
I guess to wrap things up, I am pretty much the best dad a kid could have…
I thought I’d share this because every time I tell this to someone, they always say “I wish I’d done that!” So to all my friends with children… do it! I stole the idea and now you can too. The way I figure it, this actually benefits everybody because no doubt I would forget a bunch of these little stories and milestones if I didn’t write them down somewhere, so why not include the kids?
I guess worst case scenario is that Google goes out of business in 12 years, nobody uses email anymore, and all of this is lost forever and was a big waste of time. Well, that is a chance I am willing to take.