Manner Monday®: Get Well Gifts

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by Carey Sue Vega in Etiquette, Family, Manner Monday, Manners

Our son recently experienced his first (and hopefully last) broken leg.  He’s had three broken arms prior to this injury.  Those weren’t fun or anything, but at least he was back up and in action relatively quickly – he could still run, jump, and play with minimal interference from ‘only’ a broken arm.  But with this broken leg – whoa, that’s been another story.  It was much more painful than the arms. Managing the pain and getting that under control was a challenge in and of itself.  And not to mention he was placed in a non-walking full cast … up to his hip for the first few weeks. Which means hopping has become his new sport of choice.  And he has a zippy little scooter that enables him to get around pretty quickly, which has brought a little levity to the lack of mobility.

The week following his accident, he received so much love and encouragement from his friends. I can’t tell you how thankful he was for not only their kind words and support, but also their generosity and creativity in choosing gifts and goodies to brighten his day.  Their thoughtfulness has helped to make the best of his predicament and downtime for the past few weeks.

We’ve had so much fun playing games and putting their gifts to good use.  Not to mention, we’ve dusted off quite a few board games as well to help pass the time and keep him from spending way too much time on the iPad or watching YouTube videos.

All of their great gift ideas got me to thinking about and building my mental ‘gift list’ for the next friend who has an injury.  Here are some of the gift ideas I wanted to share with you:

  • Uno card game
  • A deck of cards (we’re getting really sneaky and strategic with our game of ‘spoons’)
  • Word Search books
  • Movies
  • Junk Food (ok, my husband and I weren’t thankful for that one, but our son sure was!)
  • Bubbles (no one is ever too old for bubbles!)
  • Sidewalk chalk (ditto to the bubbles)
  • Two or Three sharpies in different colors for friends to sign the cast
  • Balloons
  • Homemade cookies – we were happy he shared those 🙂

The next time you have a friend who is hurt or sick, what can you think of to add to this ‘get well gift’ list to brighten their day?

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Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue


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