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Celebrating Mom’s Birthday from 600 Miles Awayby Michael Matarazzo on April 7, 2020
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity was originally shared by Charlottean Michael Matarazzo. We are sharing it here with his permission. How are you staying creative at home? How are you interacting with the world? Tell us here.
Recently my Mom, who lives with my Dad on Long Island, turned 95 years old (March 15). Now, if we were living under normal circumstances, I would have flown up to be with her and celebrated this milestone occasion. No doubt we would have gone out to one of her favorite restaurants. But unfortunately, we live in a different world these days because of something called COVID-19, where air travel is not recommended. On the bright side, there is something called Facetime (thank you, Apple) and therefore I would have to settle for a video-chat call — which is something we do once a week anyway.
Since I did not have any cake in the house (I know, I know – and I’m Italian!), I had to improvise with what I had available: mini candy bars and chocolate chip cookies.
I quickly made a sign and put those “creative juices” to work using said snacks. I recorded a video of me lighting the candles and singing “Happy Birthday” (I’ll spare you that) while my Dad and brother chimed in.
While not as memorable an occasion as we would’ve preferred, it was enough to bring a big smile to her face – which brought one to mine, as well. As they say, it’s the thought that counts, right? Besides Apple, the United States Postal Service also contributed by delivering her birthday card one day early, and her gift basket two days late (ahem).
If this current situation passes by June (God willing), I will be able to see that smile in person once again, when we celebrate MY birthday.