Those are great ideas.
My son actually walked about 5 minutes down a walking trail at our local park last weekend before he decided he needed to go back to the car. It wasn’t the walking, it was because we had passed a few people coming back out & we were going deeper into the woods. The next day he asked to go to the cemetary. It was a little cold, so not many people there, it’s all wide open, and there’s some pretty cool statues and stuff. Plus, he’s been missing his grandfather and his grave is there.
Unfortunately coloring won’t work. My son wouldn’t even color like that when he was little - he’s gifted artistically, or was, and it’s not creative enough for him. He doesn’t quite get why someone would want to do it. I’m hoping he’ll recover some of his talent. It’s not that he can’t do anything anymore, but he lacks the focus right now.
In high school, he was pretty much manic the whole time and still won several silver awards at the regional scholastics competition for his artwork. I can’t imagine how well he could have done if he had been healthy. That’s the part of him I mourn the most - the lost potential and the loss of something he enjoyed so much and was so proud of. He recently said he’s forgotten how to draw, which isn’t quite true. However, now he kind of sticks with caricatures instead of portraits.
Last time he was in the hospital, he felt good enough to draw some of the other patients one night and it sounded like everyone was entertained by it.