Spring is here, trees are budding, and tulips and daffodils are searching for the sun. Caregivers can be so focused on caregiving, the changing of the seasons is barely noticed. Digging in the dirt, planting flowers and watching them grow and bloom reminds us that we too can bloom in the midst of the challenges of caregiving. The cycle of life from birth to death mirrors the seasons.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Albert Camus
Remember the milk cartons filled with dirt, carefully planted with seeds and all lined up on the window sill? As children we loved to watch the seedlings sprout and grow. Our loved ones’ apathy and lack of initiative are difficult issues—so maybe it’s time for us to play in the dirt! Getting outside in the Spring, sharing the sunshine with our loved ones and planting flowers together has multiple benefits. The sun provides needed Vitamin D, it’s a fun activity and your yard will be beautiful. If dirt under your finger nails is not your cup of tea, a fresh bouquet of flowers is always available in the floral department.
Caregiving by the Book
Of course there is no such thing as caregiving by the book, but there are many books written about caregiving. Carolyn A. Brent is the author of
The Caregivers Companion: Caring for your loved one medically, financially and emotionally while caring for
$9.99. The book addresses many topics and is described as a step-by-step what to do and what to ask. Check it out!