Sometimes when disaster strikes in families, such as, death, sickness or other unforeseen things we sit back and think… Could I have done something different, what if I did… and so on. Sometimes saying, “I love you,” “I appreciate you,” seem robotic (if you will) and not really heart felt. So that led me to ask what are some ways we can show appreciation and love without saying it.
We posted this question on our weekly Penny For Your Thoughts post on our Facebook page. Here are a couple of the tips which were shared by our readers.
“Cooking. When everyone is full, cozy, and happy, that’s love shining through the recipes.” – Matthew G.
“One of my favorite things to do is to make something. For the hubby its Pumpkin pie. He knows its Food Translation for “I love you”….when I hand him a slice he actually says, ” Mmmm….I love you too” lol. For parents I love to make ornaments. Especially Christmas ones, my parents love them!” – Angel H.
“I have a college age boy who seldom shops for the necessities..So randomly I send him a care box with socks, cold medicine, cough drops ect.. and of course his favorite cookies! I always get a “how did you know I needed socks?” and a thank you for the cookies!” – Deb B.
“A hug, card, little gift or home-cooked meal or dessert.” Mimi J.
“Agreed: cooking someone’s favorite dish. Also a random ‘thinking of you’ greeting card mailed.” – Melissa B.
I think our readers had some great ideas and I agree that sometimes cooking a meal for a family member, dropping off a card or even just doing something sweet for someone will brighten up their day and let them know you care.
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