A Walk Down Memory Lane – Photos Tell the Stories

I have been plugging away at deleting photos from my media library, because I am close to using up my available space.  I know, it’s only a photo, but as I scroll through the photos, every one has been a walk down memory lane.  They have stories to tell.  No wonder this is taking me forever.  Every delete feels like I am giving away my first born child.

Here are a few photos at random that pulled at my heart today.  No, these will not be deleted:

Children took it upon themselves to pull over all the chairs and read books.  I was stunned, thrilled, humbled, and very proud.

I met author Mo Willems!!!

Jared reading to Gloria.  Just look at their faces!

Colin made  Milly the Quilter a hat for her birthday.

Presenting the quilt the children designed, and Milly made, to the Governor at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Thanking a soldier in the best of ways.


Pajama Day

The Annual Art Show

Making a quilt

Making a flag

A play performance at school of The Three Javelinas,
a southwest version of The Three Little Pigs.

The beauty of nature, right in our playground.

These photos have no order.  They are like stars in the sky.  They will always shine.  And these are just the tip of the iceberg.  Life is good.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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103 Responses to A Walk Down Memory Lane – Photos Tell the Stories

  1. beth says:

    Jennie, I am currently doing the same thing, and it is a long process for many reasons, mostly because each one is a memory captured in time. I so understand this

  2. Ritu says:

    Beautiful memories!!!

  3. beetleypete says:

    No doubt you have these photos saved somewhere, so if they are deleted from the blog, at least you still have them to look at. I doubled my space allowance last year, by paying to upgrade to the WP ‘Personal Plan’. It wasn’t very expensive.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. joylennick says:

    I am moved to tears by your good heart, Jennie! I worked, part-time, with children for ten years and have three of my own, who I treasure. Bless you. Hugs xx

  5. Jennie I think many of us have been on a similar mission in the delete to create extra space.. As our blogs fill with our beautiful memories.. I can see why its so difficult.. Such lovely Happy Memories created here.. I am on 63% I now reduce the size of photos before uploading.. Which helps and you can alter and resize existing ones too..
    Love and Hugs and enjoy your New Week Jennie.. ❤

  6. I still love printed pictures, as well. Possibly you could print the most important ones?

  7. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is a wonderful post from the excellent teacher, Jennie!

  8. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is simply wonderful!

  9. carhicks says:

    Such amazing memories of even more amazing times.

  10. Oh theses precious memories.

    I also did some deleting of photos today.

  11. It’s no wonder you had a hard time deleting anything. You need a big memory stick to put them all on. These are too precious to delete.

    • Jennie says:

      I know what you mean, Anneli. I really like them right where I can access them. My husband agrees with you, so we go back and forth on this. Once I get through the rest of the photos, I can decide on the memory stick. Many thanks!

  12. magarisa says:

    These photos do shine indeed!

  13. Darlene says:

    Pictures are just the best, aren’t they. Great memories!!

  14. Wonderful memories. They are showing how important your work is, Jennie! Thank you for sharing, and its good to save them for the archive. Michael

  15. These are truly great pictures that capture the essence of your classroom life, Jennie. Blessings to you for all that you do.

  16. I laughed out loud at Jared and Gloria reading together. LOVED their faces! I got teary-eyed with the children hugging and thanking the Soldier and laughed out loud again when I got to your PJ day image. They’re all wonderful and so are you!

  17. teacherturnedmommyblog says:

    you just need to upload all the photos onto the cloud or a server and /or burn them onto a disc. then you have them forever and space on your phone too. Photos aren’t just a way to hold time still, but a moment of love and life captured for all time

  18. What precious photos, each and every one!

  19. TREASURES…every one! Joyous! ❤ You even managed to "capture" a monarch in the garden. Well done! xo

  20. Dan Antion says:

    These are such great memories, Jennie. I wish WordPress would offer a less expensive option to simply increase the allowable storage. 13gb to unlimited is a big jump.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Dan. I’m glad you enjoyed these great memories. I feel the same way about the WP storage. There is nothing else I need in the business plan, just storage. The cost is a huge jump, as you know.

      When I reblog someone’s post, all of their photos in that post go into my media library. I have to be better about deleting those right away. Also, videos take up a lot of space. Remember when I read aloud “The Poet’s Dog” over multiple blog posts? That was an enormous jump in storage. My last ‘gripe’ is that videos have no image in the media library. So, when I scroll through I have to click on each one to see what it is. The Happiness Engineers need to hire Apple guys to work on the ease of deleting and viewing photos.

      Gee, I think I need a second cup of coffee before heading to work. Thanks for listening.🙂

  21. sjhigbee says:

    Ah… what a hard task! Thank you for sharing some of the wonderful memories you are sifting through, Jennie:)

  22. petespringerauthor says:

    Each picture has a story to tell, which often cannot be expressed in a sentence or two. I know some of these memories will be locked away in your heart even if the picture gets deleted. I’ve gone through similar experiences, and the trouble is we don’t remember them as well as we age. Bless you, Jennie, for making these memories for your students.

    • Jennie says:

      A picture is worth a thousand words, Pete. The treasures will never be deleted. And there’s nothing better than a photo to bring back memories. Ah, yes we do forget. Age does that. Thank goodness for the photos. And thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  23. delphini510 says:

    Wonderful post Jennie and I so feel with you when it comes to delete treasures like these.
    Can’t you print them and find a nece box to save the printed versions of the best?
    Good luck in this difficult job. Happy days on show.


  24. Norah says:

    Life is good with memories like those, Jennie. Priceless.

  25. Beautiful way to remember., beautiful times. Could you make a scrapbook? Children love pictures. Now when you delete them, they will also disappear from your previous posts-this happened to me. Shame on WordPress. love Michele

    • Jennie says:

      They will disappear from previous posts? 😳 Oh, no! Yes, shame on WP. I have hard copies, and I really should make a scrapbook. Children love that. Thank you, Michelle.

  26. CarolCooks2 says:

    An exercise I started to do last year and then I upgraded although if I reach my limit or close this time I will not be upgrading further …I do compress all my images now though…Love all your images especially the pyjama one such joy on your faces and the last one..Have a good week, Jennie 🙂 xx

  27. I have all my special photos on a thumb drive in a safe place and also on a photo viewer that moves through them one by one, and when I look up from my desk I see random images that make me smile. Lovely post Jennie… hugs♥

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    • Jennie says:

      I promise that they will be safe! Who knows what other treasures I will uncover as I plug away at deleting. This may be tedious, but it is a joy to see these photos – again. Thank you, Sally!

  29. dgkaye says:

    Omg Jennie, that would be like Sophie’s Choice. Just make sure you copy each one to a fold on your computer or the cloud. And remember if you delete images from your library, they are also gone from all your posts. Good luck! ❤

  30. Lovely photos, Jennie. I saw my photographs onto my computer and on a memory stick and then delete them off my phone. I also take so many my storage gets used up.

  31. I am holding a blogging party this weekend – would love to have you share your blog there for a few minutes.

  32. What a lovely selection of awesome memories for you, all so special 🙂

  33. srbottch says:

    Wonderful memories, Jennie! My favorite is the flag making!

  34. calmkate says:

    what a really delightful collection, they are well worthy of keeping 🙂

  35. SHRUTI DUBEY says:

    These photos so much describe what an amazing life you have. Teaching kids must be fun.😍

  36. Be still, my heart. I wish I had photos as you have from the classes I have worked in as a paraeducator, an aide and a teacher. How wonderful would that be to have all those beautiful memories. Unfortunately Substitutes cannot do that, so I will have to count on my memories, and even as names and words seem to fly from my head, the images never do.

    • Jennie says:

      Substitute teachers could not take pictures? That’s too bad. It’s so much easier nowadays with a phone. I have hard copy photos of ‘moments’ early on, but not as good as those over the past 5 years. Thanks, Anne!

      • I managed a few regardless, but there were a lot of things I did for my children that most would not do and that the school frowned on, like bringing food for the teens who were coming to school hungry. It helped their grades and overall classroom morale so much. Everyone was at last able to study and help each other and morale went up 100%. Those who could put a dollar or so in the jar and those who could not were not shamed in any way. To me, it was something the school should have been tending to, but they did not want to admit that there were poor children, some of whose parents had become homeless due to being laid off, etc. We were not allowed to have cell phones due to some subs abusing the priviledge. But when I did get photos, the teacher gave me the ok because I made some quilts too for my classes. I did everything I could for my children. Thank you too for your acknowledgement and joy. It has been so inspiring.

      • Jennie says:

        Bravo to you, Anne! You managed far more than a few (understatement). You did the right thing, regardless. And you know those children were and are much better off, thanks to you. That is a great legacy. You should feel proud. I certainly am. 🙂

  37. Thank you so kindly. I am glad I did what I needed to do and was the right thing to do. I will never regret a single act that was intended to help, not harm those in my charge. I did what felt right for my heart, and I always trust that.

  38. Opher says:

    Great memories!
    I have the same problem with my blog. It feels like sacrilege to delete them but I am out of space.

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