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Turning home to an aquarium on Mother’s Day

Sherry Rucherman

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Jason Van Genderen gave his mother the most wonderful gift on Mother’s Day. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop him from arranging for this gift. Jason lives in Australia with his family. His mother, Hendrika, is 87 years old and suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s. As a surprise gift for Mother’s Day, Jason thought of ways to bring back some memories for his beloved mother. While growing up, his parents used to take him to the Sydney Aquarium. It used to be the most wonderful time for the kids including Jason. Jason cherishes the memories of his trips to the aquarium and is extremely thankful to his parents for making sure the kids get to enjoy such outings. Jason remembers his parents always put the children as their top priority and gave them all they could afford. Nothing Jason can do to thank them enough for all the years of care and sacrifice. The Mother’s Day gift is a small gesture of gratitude to his mother.  Jason wanted to bring an aquarium to home as a gift for his mother. He was not able to get an aquarium, but what he got was nothing short from an “aquarium experience”. He could not take his mother to the Sydney Aquarium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason got useful help from the family to get every organized. It wasn’t easy with all the lockdowns in place. Many of the supplies needed for the aquarium were in short supply. Jason had to order certain things online while searching for other supplies physically at local stores. It is important to mention that Jason and his family practiced all the precautions of social distancing during this endeavor. Jason wrapped the windows of the house with baking paper and set up two projectors that will project aquarium life video onto the glass.

Once everything was set up, Jason asked the mother to have a seat a comfortable chair and then raised the curtains. The reaction of Hendrika was worth all this effort. Her reaction was captured on video and video has gone viral on social media. Hendrika’s face beamed with a burst of joy and happiness as she the imagery of marine life on the windows. It does help that Jason is a filmmaker by profession so he knew what he was doing. He got the right type of supplies and technology to give the surprise a professional touch. He made sure it was the right type of luminescent effect to make the entire room into an aquarium.  The family enjoyed the stunning display tugged in blankets.

This touching video is a reminder for all us to cherish the moments we get with our family. Jason wishes he had spent more time with his family especially with his mother when he was not suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Both these diseases cause progressive and leave you void of memories. Jason wishes his mother could remember the past but there isn’t much he can do now. Jason tries to focus on giving his mother the best care possible. The aquarium display was his way of trying to get a glimmer of memory back for his mother. It is not sure if she remembers anything or not, but for Jason, it is enough to know that she is was happy to see the display. To him, all that matters is that he can take care of his mother and pass on the same family values to his children. Once the lockdown situation changes, Jason hopes to take his mother and his family to the Sydney Aquarium.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

Once you learn these life hacks, you will never want to go back!

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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