Easter in the Hospital
Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 16, 2016
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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.
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!
- Have you ever been hospitalized? Name things that helped cheer you up.
- What do you think makes the best gifts for someone in the hospital? Why?
- Tell about a time you cheered up someone who was sick.
- Tell about a time someone surprised you with something very nice.
- When you were worried about someone who was sick, what helped you stay calm?
- How can you shine where you are?
- What do you see around you that can bring joy in some small way?
- Name some simple joys you can bring to others.
- What do you think: Can boys make a ball out of anything?
- What will you do this Easter season that you’d like to share with others?
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