I am blessed. I am the nana of five beautiful grandchildren: a five year boy and four little girls ranging from “just turned” three down to 10 months old. I am oh, so, very blessed to live next door to two of them and within a few miles of the others. Yet despite the closeness, I am seldom in their home when they are sick. My heart and prayers are with them, but owning a playschool in my home makes it difficult to be a “help” when my grandbabies are not feeling well.
Memories of my own parents sending goodie boxes to my young children during the long winters gave me an idea. I could deliver a goodie box to my own sweet grandbabies’ front doors to brighten their day. And just like that, Nana’s Get Well Box was born! I simply used a nicely made, cardboard shoebox and decorated it.
I have always kept a large box in my closet for various goodies I pick up as I am out and about, anything from clearanced store items to yard sale and thrift store finds to interesting things found around the house or outside. When the call comes from one of my daughters that one of their babies is sick, I grab the Get Well Box and fill it with all sorts of goodies. I have sent mini art kits, slinkies, lip balms, books, nature items, and more. I usually add in some medicinals pertaining to their particular illness such as homemade elderberry syrup, garlic oil, homeopathics, and essential oils. I then add in a few healthy snacks like organic fruit leathers, juices, or clementines. And I always make sure to send extras to share with their siblings!
The most important parts of Nana’s Get Well Box are the personal touches. This is where I can pour out my love and concern. A personal note is a must!
I also like to include a “magical” drawing or message made with a clear or white crayon that the grandbaby can then paint over to see their surprise picture!
While it may not be the same as being there with them, cuddling them back to health, the Get Well Box is a way to send my love and make some wonderful memories. They feel very loved when they get the box and that is the goal! After they are healed, they happily return the box to be put away until the next time a grandbaby is sick.
Kerri Kiser has many titles, but her greatest joy comes from being a Nana. She is the “Mama” of her daughter Hannah’s blog Like Mama ~ Like Daughter, where she blogs weekly!