Monday, April 16, 2012

Eldercare Idea: For Mother's Day, Write Her a Love Letter

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Father's Day is not far behind. So what do you buy for your elderly parent who has everything? Or who says, "You don't have to get me anything?"

A love letter costs nothing except an investment of time and attention. And its value can't be counted, since your parent will read it over and over again. Here are some ideas on how to start.

First, think of three character qualities you admire in your parent. Why, three? Because the number "three" signifies completeness. Two doesn't seem like enough. Three is just right.

Is your parent generous, fun-loving, hard-working? How about family-oriented, intelligent, faithful? Your list will be unique.

Once you've identified three character traits, think of concrete examples which illustrate them.

Here's a sample letter.

Dear Mom,

For a long time, I've been searching for words to say, "I love you."

When I think of you, the word "kindness" springs to mind. As a child, I saw your kindness at bedtime, when you never let fatigue stop you from reading us bedtime stories or answering our questions about life. As we grew into teenagers, we tested your kindness time and time again, with our boisterous and often wayward ways. Today your kindness, developed over the years, radiates from your face.

Another word that describes you is generous. Years ago, I remember the doll clothes you painstakingly made for Carol and me. They were beautiful! Your generosity continues today, with gifts of homemade jam and home-baked cookies.

Faithfulness is another adjective that speaks of you. From my earliest years, I remember watching you pray for all of us, seeking God's will for our family. I know you still do that, and it makes my heart happy.

These are just of the few qualities I thank God for when I think of you. Happy Mother's Day!

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