Parent Magazine St. Johns November 2018 - Page 12

In memoriam. If you’ve got a Nerf gun loving crew, turn 10 plastic drinking cups into turkeys that can be stacked and shot down. Paste googly eyes on the cups. Underneath the eyes, attach an upside down triangle to form the beak. Pick up a bag of colored feathers from a craft store and hot glue a few red, orange or yellow feathers onto the back of each cup. Not into Nerf guns? Use a tennis ball and play turkey bowling with the cups instead. The holidays can be especially difficult for those grieving loved ones. Look through family photographs together, watch old home videos or take time to tell stories about your special someone. After Thanksgiving dinner is packed away, Mindy Foral, mom of two, says one of her favorite Thanksgiving night traditions is listening, with her children, to a recording of The Night Before Christmas that her late mother had made in a Hallmark recordable book. “It’s such an incredible treasure. There is something about hearing the voice of your loved one...especially of someone who loved spending the holidays with her grandkids,” Foral says. Remember those on deployment. If your spouse is deployed for military duty over the Thanksgiving holiday, he or she will definitely be top of mind for you and your family. After dinner, invite your family and friends to circle around the table to make cards and write letters to your absent loved one. Mail everything in a package. Even though your honey will receive it after the holiday, they’ll know that they were still an important part of your day. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two sons, ages 13 and 11. Every year after the big feast, they take their two dogs and anyone else who wants to tag along for a walk through the crunchy autumn leaves. Take THAT chest pain. We offer the fastest ER wait times in the area. We are ready to treat you or a loved one during an emergency. Check out our wait times at MemorialHospitalJax.com/TakeThat. 42 Doctors Village Dr. St Johns, FL 32259 (904) 407-8500 memorial emergency J U L I N G T O N C R E E K