The year is 2214, and your computer’s dusty hard drive has just resurfaced at an antique store. Write a note to the curious buyer explaining what he or she will find there.
Dear future antique computer buyer. If you’re reading this then I’m long gone and all that is left of me is the million+ pictures on this hard drive, and also a back up copy of my blog. You’ll want to read that if you want to know what it was like to be a woman living in the 21st century. While the internets was full of lolcats, my computer is full of a random assortment of all the things that were important to me. Photos documenting my life from the time that I bought my first digital camera and met / dated/ married my husband are on here. There are also a bunch of pictures of about a dozen pee sticks that pretty much started off my babymaking years. Sorry about that. I dried them off before I photographed them, I promise.
You’ll find a crap-ton of pictures of my children, from their first ultrasound photos, up through their childhoods as they grew, got married (or not) and were blessed with children of their own. I’m proud to say that I probably have more pictures of my grandkids on here than of my own kids, but that’s only because the new Mind’sEye(TM) technology let me take pictures and video of literally everything I saw by the time I was in my senior years. As a matter of fact, you’ll also find the beginnings of my extensive portfolio of work documenting the daily lives of ordinary people and how they lived. I became pretty good at it over the years. You could probably Google the entire collection if you wanted (is Googling still a thing?) or you could visit the permanent exhibit they have of my work at the AGO (is the AGO still a thing?)
Look deep enough in the files and you will probably find 20 different versions of my resume that tracks my work experience before I became an artist. I used to work with words more than pictures back in the day, but all those words led me to where I ended up so I guess that English Lit degree wasn’t a waste after all.
I also have my library of music on this hard drive. You’ll notice that most of it is music from the 1980’s, I won’t apologize for that.
And you’ll find my extensive collection of audiobooks and e-books on this hard drive. I was a voracious reader, I loved losing myself in other people’s stories.
Anyways, dear old computer lover, thank you for reading this intro. I hope you enjoy what you find here, I certainly had a good life collecting all of it.
And if it’s not too much trouble, please send a copy of this hard drive to my descendants. I would love for them to have it.