Have you ever noticed that our sweet seniors and our cute granddogs often share a common trait around the time of Independence Day? They both hate the loud noises that seem to start up a few days BEFORE the holiday and sometimes keep going a few days after. While babysitting my sleeping grandchildren last night, I noticed that my granddogs started going ballistic at the sound of some firecrackers popping nearby. Then I came home and, as I was going to bed, I heard a few more. I popped into my senior mom's room to see if she had heard them and, sure enough. They had made her jump and she didn't know what they were. So she was quite relieved when I let her know the fireworks were, once again, starting early.
The granddogs don't have phones, usually. But it might be a good idea to call any senior parents who don't live near you and remind them that they might start hearing those semi-familiar noises. And remind them that this is the time of year to be especially aware of strange smells too, just in case of fire. Especially with conditions unusually hot, dry and dangerous around so much of the country!
One thing that might also help take take their minds off it all in a fun and positive way is to share some of these cute and country patriotic clipart pictures and coloring page with them. I'm thinking my senior mom will love to use them to make patriotic Independence Day cards and bookmarks for her great-grandkids and yours might as well. A fun project for our whole Sandwich Generation family, don't you think? Enjoy!
P.S. Here's a fun coloring page for your grandkids as well. Just print this whole page, or right click and open the picture in a new tab to print.
P.P.S. Happy Patriotic and Pink Saturday!
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