THE NEIGHBORHOOD — Social distancing is hopefully being practiced, saving lives and getting us closer to getting back to our normal lives; however, it can also put a damper on things like family gatherings, date nights and of course birthday parties.
One Utah neighborhood made sure to keep each other safe, but also got creative when it came to celebrating the 90th birthday of one of their own.
In Utah, a 90-year old US veteran had to cancel his birthday party due to #coronavirus fears.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) March 20, 2020
He was devastated.
When the neighborhood found out, they surprised him with a special parade just for him - from the front seat of his car.#SocialDistancingpic.twitter.com/VNbQIREpkB
This is Milt; he's a United States vet and he's turning 90. His birthday party was canceled for obvious reasons, but that didn't stop his friends and neighbors from making sure Milt knew they loved him and appreciated all he's done on his special day.
So, instead of throwing a big party, they created an impromptu parade in his honor as he and his daughter slowly made their way to his home. Cheers, confetti, gifts and well wishes flooded Milt on his drive through the neighborhood. It's a reminder that even though we can't get together to celebrate at the moment, it doesn't mean we can't celebrate one another.
I don't tear up easily. For example, I didn't cry at my wedding or at the birth of any of my children. I did, however, cry when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016. I cried again when my wife scolded me for about 45 minutes for crying at a sporting event and not the events of our lives. So I've cried twice and they both involved the Cubs, in a way.
I'm not saying I've now cried three times, but I'm also not saying that Milt and his amazing neighbors may be the first non-Cubs thing to get my waterworks functioning. Maybe I need some professional help?
Regardless of my own issues, this video is fantastic and worth a watch and a share.