Spring is working its way up through the country. Seniors in the south are looking at their yards and beds – pondering what they might grow and wondering if all danger of frost is really over?!?
Some older adults remember Garrison Keillor’s comments about how exciting it can be to work with one’s hands in the soil. Being a part of the rhythm of nature by planting and later seeing the fruit or flowers develop can be a true joy. And being able to harvest and eat what one has grown is both nutritious and economical for our budgets, many of which have been trimmed down due to financial events in the market.
The inner kid comes alive in all of us with the onset of spring. Whether it’s a grandparent reading a book to a child about springtime, having fun with the idea of leprechauns, or discussing plans for Easter, spending time with grandkids can’t be beat. Children love talking about and decorating eggs and this gives grandparents a great time to share stories from their past since living history is so cherished. Easter with family and friends gives a chance to remind ourselves and our loved ones of the need to be inclusive.
As the buds begin to show again, senior citizens begin to think of more activities they can do with the grandchildren. Maybe it’s time for an affordable kids party for the grandkids and maybe other young friends, or even grab the chance to celebrate an unbirthday. Maybe a story time would allow you and the kids to slow down a bit between other activities. This just might help the grandchildren deal with the inevitable spring fever school children have this time of year.
We’ll soon be saying bye to our snowbird friends as they head back home till the chill in the air brings them back to us to enjoy our southern hospitality and the warmth of our winter sun. A couple of my friends will be booking trips to Exploritas (which used to be called Elderhostel). Makes me want to take a trip. But first I have to return to teaching and finish the school year.
I guess I need to get out that bathing suit and see if it still likes me. That might just cost me a trip to the store. Or I could drag my yoga mat out of the closet to use on days I can’t really go out because of allergies and spring fever. (My husband jokes that I love nature so much, but it doesn’t love me back:-) Actually, I can’t wait for the pollen to quit callin’ so we can resume our daily walk. He hasn’t fallen in a few weeks now, so I think in a few weeks he’ll be safe enough for our jaunt through the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, stay safe, enjoy the sunlight, and bathe in the love of friends and familly.
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