First Day of Spring

Are you feeling gleeful today?

Do you have a skip in your step? Are you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes?

It must be the vernal equinox at play marking a shift in the way we feel.

So what’s on your docket as the seasons change, the snow melts, and the earth warms and awakens with signs of budding plants and flowers?  For one, I suggest spending time with your parents.  It’s time to see the folks.  Check this out if you need affirmation.

It’s amazing how fast time goes by.  While you may not think you are getting any older (denial works only up to a certain point) your parents are getting older and spending as much time with them as possible is something you will never regret.

Springtime brings with it the mountainous task of spring cleaning.

Ask yourself…what can I do? How can I help?

This is a great time to visit your parents and help them sort through the cleaning and clearing out chores such as tackling the attic, basement or garage.  We all know that the larger the space available for storing items, the more likely there are things piled up in the hidden corners that haven’t been seen or used in years.

So, why not help your parents out with some of their spring cleaning?

After all, taking the time now to toss, redistribute or donate items will save you hours and hours of doing it in the years ahead. Who really needs to hang on to an old high chair, children’s report cards, elementary school artwork, and boxes of miscellaneous receipts?

Memories will undoubtedly bubble up while sifting through your parents things alongside them and that’s the perfect time to have some conversations about the past, present and future.

As a society most of us no longer live around the corner from our parents, so getting the grandchildren involved is a great idea. Hearing and learning about the life and times of the “greatest” generation while three generations  sort through items or “treasures” saved is “priceless”.

Some helpful hints:

  • Choose a day or two when the temperature is neither too hot or too cold.
  • Don’t do it all in one day. Pace yourselves while enjoying the conversation.
  • Don’t be afraid to let go of something.  Encourage your parents to do so too.  When in doubt, take a photo and then toss.
  • Know that it may be an emotional experience for your parents.  After all, letting go can be emotional and perhaps difficult to face.

Cleaning out the attic is as much fun as having a root canal, but both need to eventually happen.  Besides, what do your parents intend to do with those old videos??

VCRs

Happy First Day of Spring!