Photos. Treason. Children. Hugs.

Why does deleting a photo off of my iphone feel like an act of treason against my children?

The other day I was attempting to take the umpteenth random video of my child and presumably post it to either or instagram with the ignorant assumption that others would be holding their phones and checking checking, checking to see what my kid just did when I got the dreaded, "We can't possibly add one more photo or one more second of video to this phone because you already have too many photos AND videos of your children on this device" alert.

Next, my phone was all, "So delete something."

And here I sit, days later, going through my phone and having a serious internal dialogue regarding my feelings for my children.

Delete? No. Keep.
Delete? No. Keep.
Delete... oh wait... that's cute.
Delete... oh wait, it's virtually the same picture as the previous one but her head is tilted and her smile is sort of different. Keep.

I mean, seriously? Just because I delete a photo of my child from my phone or camera it doesn't meant that I delete her from my life. It merely means I need to make room for NEW photos and NEW memories... so the old ones have to go?


That's terrible. Out with the old, in with the new?

How will my children know that I love them if I don't hoarde a laudable collection of external hard drives, jump drives and old phones and laptops full of 13 versions of the same scene?

I guess I'll just have to hug 'em.



  1. I have the same problem. I offload them to my computer and back them up on an external hard drive AND online. I have a problem!! It's still hard to delete them from my iphone.

  2. lets you save an umpteenth amount of photos. It does cost though. I think it's worth it. I have an external hard drive, but what if something were to happen to it!? Gasp!

  3. Create a dropbox account. Then a shortcut from your phone to your Mac. It uploads them all automatically. That's what I do...

  4. I laughed so much. And also, felt GREAT that I'm not the only one that feels like that. The point is, no matter if you have a back up of the back up of the back up of your phone potos, it's STILL HARD to delete them!

    You're funny... and totally right. Have a great weekend. Love you.

  5. I agree! i always feel bad deleting pictures of him. I put most on my computer and save. I just can't get rid of any.

    Isn't it funny though, I was thinking the other day that there are not many pictures of me between 2-6 and then again between 13-18. I already have more pictures of Henry then I think I have of me in 18 years of life. No really, I think this is true!!! And yet, I still feel sad to delete pictures or like I don't have enough. Really Jenn, I think you are good!!

    Infact, lately Henry says "no mommy" when I take pictures and holds up his hand. Someone is tired of getting his picture taken apparently...


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