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My senior mom and I went to visit grandkids a while back and had such a delightful time. The trip was a bit tiring – especially for my mom – but the hugs more than made up for it! We took lots of fun and educational craft projects, books, and goodies that were a big hit, led to tons of photos and fun family memories and, of course, I’ll be writing about some or all of them in the weeks to come.
My senior mom took one item in particular for herself, that was a huge help AND turned out to be a big help with the grandkids. She packed her reacher grabber easily in her suitcase and it made it to our destination and back home again with no problems. Of course, if our luggage had gotten lost, it’s reasonably priced and fairly easy to replace, which I appreciated.
She used the reacher grabber in her hotel to pick up items that fell on the floor as she just can’t get down to get them any more. When the grandkids came to pick her up in her room, they were enthralled with the handy dandy little tool. She kept them quite entertained for some time – first, by showing them how it worked, and second, by letting them have fun test driving it themselves. I think they liked the light on the end as much as they enjoyed squeezing the handle! Fun for them and easier for great-grandma to spot things in dark corners!
Don’t you love it when something for a senior parent is fun for the grandkids or vice versa? One of the sweet joys of the Sandwich Generation, that’s for sure! 🙂