One rainy day last year, my family was visiting my grandma and grandpa. We were bored, since it was raining out, so I asked about our Klasen family tree. My grandma went to the back room and out of the closet, took out an old, dusty box. She set it on the table as everyone else gathered around. She took out numerous pictures, certificates and other memorable items. We had so much fun looking through all sorts of old stuff from my dad and his brothers to my great grandparents treasures.
My other Grandma once found a very old picture, framed in a white cardboard frame. I asked who it was and she said it was her when she was almost my age, 16 years old. My mom took out a picture of me and we compared the two. I looked just like her when she was a teenager. We have the same face, and we all giggled at the two. My grandparents now keep the two photos framed next to each other on their window sill in their bedroom.
Ever since then, I've realized how important it is to keep memories. I always imagine my grandkids or great grandkids looking through old pictures of me and my parents. So, to keep this tradition going, I keep my tickets to games, events and concerts. I hold on to awards, certificates and, most importantly, photos.
I try to constantly take pictures of places I have been and memories I want to be remembered longer than the day that they happened. When going through my photos, I just can't delete them. It's too hard to delete that memory off my camera when I could keep it for a lifetime.
It may not be fun to have your picture taken, but they do pay off in the end. And if you think pictures are fun to look at now, think of how exciting it would be as a 60-year-old to see yourself when you were 15. Pictures are the memories that last longer than just a lifetime, and I plan to keep it that way for a long time.
Kassie Klasen is a freshman at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every other week.