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The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter was a quiet day the first year it happened. It’s still often a quiet day now, though not as much as it used to be. It’s a great day to share some Easter love with your long distance elderly parents and other relatives, since one of the Sandwich Generation issues impacting many of us is having elderly parents and other relatives scattered all across the country.
Easter Day itself tends to be extremely busy, what with church in the morning and often a family get together later in the day. Perhaps there will be fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren, as well as lunch or dinner with the elderly parents who live nearby. While you might still want to make a quick call to an elderly parent on Easter, you could call them today, Saturday, as well for a nice long leisurely call.
Another idea for fun activities for the whole family to enjoy is to use Smilebox.com to make a delightful Easter card or collage with 1-400 photos and send it to your elderly relatives who can’t be with you on Easter. (I love to add encouraging Bible verses along with the pictures.) For that matter, the ones who will be joining you would probably love to receive this as well. It could be fun to have everyone vote on what pictures to send, grandparents and grandchildren and everyone in between. It's nice to use the time as a way to talk about the events of the past few months, while at the same time prepare a thoughtful gift to encourage a lonely senior citizen you love.
If they don’t have access to a computer, you can print out the card you make and mail it. A nice, albeit more expensive, option might be to make them a book using Shutterfly or a new site I just found out about, Blurb.com. Blurb’s prices start at $4.95. I’m planning on using them to make Mother’s Day and/or birthday gifts for some special seniors in my life later this year (shhhh, don’t tell them :)). When I do, I’ll let you know how it worked. But I did some research on Twitter and all the replies I got back indicated it works well with great results.
Easter is a precious and wonderful day, and sharing our love with the special seniors in our lives makes it even better. Now I’m off to make a Smilebox ecard for some of my special people! 🙂
P.S. 3/21/09 All of my daughters and I made Blurb photo books over the past year and loved them! Out of several books made, only one had some problems with it. She returned it, they remade it and shipped it back quickly, and now it's on my bookshelf for my senior mom and I to enjoy! The elderly parents and relatives we made ours for loved them as well! We will definitely be using them again. They are a terrific resource for the Sandwich Generation!