Every so often while I was growing up, my mom and I would pull out all of her boxes of photos and rifle through them. She had thousands of photos dating back to when she was a kid. She would tell me all about what it was like growing up in the 60s and 70s, her years of childhood in Mexico, the crazy adventures she went on with my dad when they were young, and everything else in between. There was something really wonderful about that kind of sharing and being able to hold something from another time between your fingertips. This is one of a variety of reasons I bought myself an Instax Mini 90.
I've never been able to imagine myself having kids (or even wanting them) because I've never been the kind of person who is soft for children. If anything, they make me feel super awkward and it's probably because they can tell I'm not a "kids person." But there's a part of me who believes I might change my mind someday, and that's part of why I want have something physical to hold onto and can share with my improbable future children. Of course, the more likely scenario would be sharing them with my friends' future kids when I'm their Totally Weird Aunt Hannah and reluctantly volunteer to babysit.
I mean, anyone can send their digital photos to Walgreens for printing if they want a physical copy, but that doesn't feel the same. It doesn't feel the same as creating something you can physically interact with. But maybe that's just me. I want something new to explore and learn and have fun with, and that's just what I feel this new addition to my "cam fam" is meant to do.