May 31, 2020
Upon hearing that school was cancelled back on March 15th, Lilah’s very first question to her parents was "What about my birthday?!" Birthday questions persisted daily, as turning seven is a very big deal indeed. As May 14th approached and her parents realized that social distancing was going to be as important as ever to maintain, they set out to create a sense of celebration and community to create a birthday for Lilah that would be a highlight, not the disappointment that she feared.
A few weeks out, Lilah’s parents posted on social media, asking friends near and far to send Lilah a birthday card - their network was eager to help out and she opened dozens of cards. After a day filled with family gifts, treats and the surprise cards, she felt loved and honored that so many people had thought of her on her special day.
What Lilah didn't know when her parents suggested that they play out in the driveway, was that many MORE friends and family were waiting to wish her well. Inspired by the ever popular Birthday Parade, her parents reached out to friends to create an "open house" where people would drive by and wish Lilah well any time in a 15 minute window. This allowed each friend to stop and chat with Lilah for a couple of moments and to really check in with her on her birthday. Her parents had never seen a person feel so treasured and so grateful as Lilah after that event.
After eight weeks without her buddies, she was moved to tears to see how many people came to sing her songs, hand her cards and flowers, and tell her how much they missed her. Laying in bed that night, she said: "Mommy you really organized that all for me?! You really did?! This has been the best day since Coronavirus. Maybe even in my entire life."
Not everything "since Coronavirus" has been such a raging success. But this Surprise Birthday Drive By confirmed for our sweet seven year old that we are still a community, even when we are "safe at home."