Time passes so quickly as an adult. I watch my children get older before my eyes and can’t even begin to comprehend how the time has gone by so quickly. At the other extreme, I watch as my grandparents and even grandparents get older and again wonder where the years has gone. Time just has a way of getting away from me and I would assume all of us and we just don’t have a way of bringing it back.
I know that my family knows I love them no matter what any of us go through. As my parents and grandparents get older and are plagued by assaults to their body and emotionally dealing with their bodies turning against them, I feel guilty that I can’t do more to help them. My husband and I are both only children and I’m the only grandchild at all on one side of my family, I feel responsible for them all and want to see them thriving and existing as if nothing has changed.
And while I know that time has passed and they have gotten older and things just happen for no reason, I just can’t help myself. I want to do something, anything, to help them through everything they’re going through. As they each deal with their own ailments and things from the common cold and flu to fibromyalgia and cancer, I try to find ways to make their lives a little easier and joyful than it would have been had I not persisted and put in an effort.
Seemingly small things to each of us in our busy lives can result in a big impact on family members that are sick or recovering from an operation. I’ve created a quick list of 3 easy things to show you care and bring a smile to a sick loved one’s face.
- Call them on the phone. Yes, this may be the digital age and with our busy lives texting might be our default mode of communication but talking to someone and hearing the emotions and feeling in their voice can really result in a more meaningful interaction.
- Send them a card. With the popularity of email and even the postal service limiting their delivery days, it’s easy to forget the joyful simplicity in receiving a letter. Or better yet, sending a care package filled with your loved one’s favorite things and comfort items like a homemade treat, flowers, or Kleenex Care Packs to help make it through the rough spots.
- Visit together. Give them the face-to-face connectedness they need by popping in for a quick visit or surprising them by visiting from far away. Before dogs and kids, my husband and I would frequently surprise loved ones at various stages in their lives with a visit to brighten their spirits and enjoy their company.
Kleenex brand, America’s softest tissue*, knows that once one experiences the softness of Kleenex brand tissues, they will be eager to share it with other cold and flu sufferers, friends and strangers alike, as a way to show they care. This cold and flu season, make the care complete with a Kleenex Brand Care Pack, and together we’ll turn a seemingly-small gesture into something bigger, to make everyone feel better. Visit kleenex.com/softness to learn more.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kleenex via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kleenex.