I love Chase's Calendar of Events. It's such a useful resource for a wide variety of reasons. It's great for looking up special dates to help with homemade greetings cards activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. And thanks to it, I know July is National Make A Difference to Children Month. Isn't it nice that as Sandwich Generation Granny Nannies and Pappies, we get to do that all year long!
It's also handy for senior organizations who want to celebrate something fun and unusual at monthly meetings. This month is National Wheelchair Beautification Month. Sounds perfect for fun and easy crafts for seniors. For that matter, I bet the grand children would have fun helping with that project. Or maybe they'd like to go in with mom and dad on a special treat for the grandparents or great-grandparents with this adorable Monkey Wheelchair Pal Armrest Cover! Isn't it cute! Just click on the picture for more details.
It's great for reminding us about important parts of history, which then work well on the above mentioned handmade greetings cards. As one of the never-admit-to-aging Baby Boomers Generation, I still remember the momentous announcement that Neil A. Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. That happened in July – the 20th, in 1969, to be exact. If you have a senior relative with a birthday on that date, I bet they'd love a card made by you and the grandkids reflecting that.
Thanks to Chase's I now know that we might all want to do some grilling this month as it's National Grilling Month, National Hot Dog Month, AND National Horseradish Month. Yummmmm!
I also appreciate Chase's Calendar of Events for alerting us to important "Days" to help keep a vitatal focus on specific and important things, such as THE SANDWICH GENERATION! And yes, in July we celebrate THE SANDWICH GENERATION as July is officially known as The Sandwich Generation Month.
I personally consider the Sandwich Generation as one of the many important glues that helps hold families together, since we work with our elderly relatives, our children, and even our grandchildren. In honor of the Sandwich Generation Month, I want to commend each and every one of you who has ever been, is now, or will someday be a vital part of the Sandwich Generation. You may be doing your job alone with just your immediate family, but it's important for all of us to know we really do have LOTS of GREAT company. This is a time-honored tradition for families to care for each other, in a wide variety of ways and I pray for God's rich blessings on each and every one of us!
And speaking of the Sandwich Generation (I know, I do that every day, but this was such a sweet segue ), I will be the guest of Aging with Grace with Patricia Grace, geriatric care specialist, for her eldercare podcast next Monday, July 19, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. EST, 3:30 p.m. PST. You can listen to it at Blog Talk Radio while it's happening AND after it's happened, as they save the recordings. Very cool!
The very next day, get ready for plenty of Baby Boomer and Senior Citizen news from the Boomers and Seniors: News You Can Use Blog Carnival which returns to SandwichINK full of interesting information and resources for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents, helping with our grandchildren, and knowing we are making a VITAL difference!
It's definitely a busy, fun and interesting month for all of us in the Sandwich Generation. Happy Sandwich Generation Month!
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate them very much and read each one. I also do my best to reply to them all but, as you can imagine, there are times (many times, lately :) ) when caregiving needs do not allow for that. Thank you for your patience and your sweet comments.