This is a gift idea I’d like to share with those of you who also have an elderly parent.
My Mom will be 87 in June and I am blessed that she is also healthy enough to enjoy living in her own apartment. When my Dad was still with us, the two of them were so much in love with each other and always had a running joke (between them) that he was her “Baby Duck”… they even used a cartoon voice when they’d say it to each other. It was hilarious and adorable! Now that my Dad has passed, I have tried to make sure the holidays are cheerful for my Mom, so I made a tribute Easter Basket (for her) this year… a tribute to the L-O-V-E between she and my Dad – her Baby Duck.
The basket has a pair of boy & girl rubber Baby Ducks (to represent each of them), also a vintage, porcelain Baby Duck Easter ornament (to represent their era & add a decoration to her apt. living area), a Baby Duck-shaped little bar of soap (something fun for her apt. bath), a plush Baby Duck named “CUDDLES” (to represent how my Dad loved to hug her), a Baby Duck plant spike (to go into the potted plant by her front door (so my Dad can help her “welcome” guests too) and finally a Baby Duck watering can (because she loves to tend to her many plants on her apt. porch). And of course, I added a few Cadbury chocolate eggs to represent Spring’s new life.
Let’s face it… when our folks get in their 80’s, they don’t need a lot of “things”, but they love their “memories”. And since that is what I and my book are all about, I wanted her Easter basket to reflect her memories. So, if you want to make a little Easter basket for your parent(s), consider my idea (of creating a theme) to represent and celebrate a special part of their past . I know my Mom’s going to love this… as a matter of fact, it will probably make her cry, but with tears of joy.