When my Dad turned sixty my sister planned a big celebration dinner with some of his closest friends and family. I was set to meet my husband after work and join them but unfortunately ended up in lockdown and missed the whole thing.
A few weeks ago my Dad had another big milestone, not only was he set to retire but he also turned sixty-five. While my Mom and I had been brainstorming in early March about where to have the party, whom to invite, what to eat etc. we lacked the foresight to think it may not happen. Unbeknownst to us, the world would suddenly come to a standstill, we would be told to stay in our houses and instead of a big party my Dad would celebrate quietly at home.
Please Stay Home!
My youngest had a hard time understanding why it was that while we were out of quarantine she was still not allowed to go see Poppa on his birthday. We re-explained social (physical) distancing rules, that people who did not live in the same house shouldn’t be gathering together regardless of whether they are all family or not. Disappointed but understanding, she came up with a plan – she would make a cake (my Mom was making Dad a cake at home) and we would FaceTime with him and sing happy birthday. So that is what we did, thanks to technology we FaceTimed my Dad, sang happy birthday and he even “blew” out the candles. While this was perhaps not how he imagined he would spend his birthday it is one I’m sure he won’t forget.
Picture of the cake she made, photo taken by me.
Celebrating in a new way
Today as I write this, it is Easter. A time usually reserved for many gatherings for our family, from an Easter egg hunt in the city to a turkey dinner with my in-laws. It is also our Grandson’s first Easter and while we try and make this occasion as normal as possible I can’t help but be a little sad as this year seems anything but normal. We will still have the Easter egg hunt and a ham dinner (even if it’s eight of us instead of twenty) and we will FaceTime with our family and friends. We are all doing our best to adjust to a new way of living and I am sure that once we can get back out and visit with others again we will have a new appreciation for everything we once took for granted.
How are you coping with celebrating right now? Are you missing the parties, the family dinners, and get-togethers with friends?
Facebook: Celebrations and the Pandemic. Birthdays, retirement and more. https://bit.ly/2JXV4cz
Twitter: Celebrations and the Pandemic. What do parties look like now? https://bit.ly/2JXV4cz