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Easter in the Hospital

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 16, 2016


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prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those
young at heart.  “Easter in the Hospital” by Linda Martin Andersen

The Youth at our church will soon prepare Easter baskets for children in the hospital.  Donated items are being collected to fill baskets.  Last year, the youth group filled 30 baskets.  This year they hope to meet or possibly surpass that goal.  A fun-filled afternoon is planned for Palm Sunday following a covered dish meal.  This good will gesture will bring joy to many sick children away from home.

Being in the hospital is difficult any time of year.  Hospital stays are hard on the patient as well as the family.  Even grown-ups look for entertainment during long hours there, if it’s just a trip to the snack machine or a walk around the halls.  The last time I stayed with a hospitalized family member, I observed that disposable medication cups reminded me of break-apart plastic eggs.   I started saving some and I now I’d like to share my project with you.  Check the photo below to find the two med cup eggs pictured here.  Not exactly egg shaped and they’re held together with bandage wrap tape, but an idea was born out of a need for creativity and humor during a stressful time.

Find the Med Cup Eggs. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Find the Med Cup Eggs. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Another simple medicine cup Easter craft would be to transform these into miniature baskets.  Perhaps a pipe cleaner could be used for a handle or wired craft ribbon.  I hope you never find yourself celebrating Easter from a hospital bed, but find a way to have some fun if you do.

Our grandsons came to visit at the hospital and proved that creative play can exist, no matter where you are.  They wadded up colored newspaper ads and tossed them at the waste basket.  Sometimes they’d toss to the ceiling and dunk it into the trashcan below.  Sometimes, balls whirled across the room, almost like a snowball fight.  A trashcan target was placed on either side of the room.  Later, when I told my niece about the boys’ playfulness, she spoke her wise wisdom of 16 years, “Boys can make a ball out of anything.  Even a string. ”  LOVED it!

Writing Prompts:

  1. Have you ever been hospitalized?  Name things that helped cheer you up.
  2. What do you think makes the best gifts for someone in the hospital?  Why?
  3. Tell about a time you cheered up someone who was sick.
  4. Tell about a time someone surprised you with something very nice.
  5. When you were worried about someone who was sick, what helped you stay calm?
  6. How can you  shine where you are?
  7. What do you see around you that can bring joy in some small way?
  8. Name some simple joys you can bring to others.
  9. What do you think:  Can boys make a ball out of anything?
  10. What will you do this Easter season that you’d like to share with others?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment about Easter or hospital stays.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!


14 Responses to “Easter in the Hospital”

  1. I know this comes from your heart, LInda!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    I loved that the hit the trashcan game your grandsons created when they visited Scotty at the hospital. Clever idea!.

    When I was put in an orthopedic hospital for 6 weeks at the age of 11 years old, Roy Grimsley, a boy patient and I had wheelchair races down the hall. We weren’t especially fast, but we were moving. That was fun. Roy was my first boyfriend. He called me Jo Ann. Long distance telephone calls made our communication next to nothing, but I still remember the kindness he bestowed upon me.

    They also had deep lemon meringue pies for Sunday dessert – two inches thick with lemon and an inch of meringue. Oh my goodness! I can still taste it.

    May God bless you!
    Never Give Up

    • Joan, I’m glad you enjoyed hearing about the basketball game played in the hospital. Boys will be boys.

      I hate that you had to stay in a hospital for six weeks when you were a girl. So happy that you and Roy found a way to have some fun, despite the situation! You have kept that attitude going throughout all the years since. Thanks so much for sharing your personal experiences.

  3. lindaphillips4866 said

    I was just going to say exactly what Carol said, but it’s true. I know you know hospital life firsthand! Thanks for sharing and have a blessed Easter.

    • Thanks for your compassion. Very sweet of all those who have commented here.

      Isn’t it great to see young people making a difference in the lives of sick children? That’s a real blessing.

      Thanks fo much for the well wishes and Happy Easter to you too, Linda.

  4. Your joy rises, Linda, in spite of not so fun circumstances. You drew a vivid picture of the pretend snowball fight beautifully. Love your creative eggs too! 🙂 Sending you happy heart hugs.!

    • Tracy,
      I love creating things, but I don’t do it so much now. I was determined to only use items available in the hospital room, excluding grass and jelly beans.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the boys’ basketball scene. I had fun writing that part.

      Thanks for commenting and for the happy heart hugs!

  5. Spreading the joy of Easter at the hospital is a wonderful initiative! Great job! 🙂 💕💕💕

  6. When someone hospitalized is well enough for a visit, a smile and words of encouragement help. Sometimes I bring comfort foods or favorite foods he/she has. Hospital food is not all equal!

    Sometimes I leave photos so that the hospitalized person can sense my presence.

  7. godselfie said

    Dear Linda,
    Your ideas and creativity amazes me! And you have a Gift of bringing joy to others no matter what the situation. God bless you and your family! Renee

    • Renee, I feel so honored that you would call me creative when you paint art that transforms into a praise offering. Thanks for saying I bring joy to others no matter the situation. I try. I appreciate the blessings you pray God will offer me and my family. Thank you for making the world a brighter place and for sharing your art with those you meet. I appreciate your comments. Have a great weekend!

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