New Canaan Woman Celebrates Her 97th Birthday With a Parade Hosted By Neighbors
I think one thing that is helping people get through these tough times, is reading all of these "feel-good" stories surfacing. How can you not feel good inside when you see family & friends coming together to help, celebrate, etc?
Having a birthday during a time like this can be very tough, especially if it is your 97th birthday, like Katherine Reilly from New Canaan.
As reported by CT Post, the people close to her really wanted to make this day special, so they created a parade of honking cars, decorated signs, balloons, and even a tartan plaid shirt of the ancient tribe in Ireland to represent her heritage. This included waiving the McLachlan ancestral flag and dancing to "Irish Rovers" by the Black Velvet Band.
The neighbors and family socially distanced, while gathering to have a toast for her. They chanted "at least 3 more years" as they developed a birthday parade to help Reilly celebrate, according the report.
They danced, sang, and celebrated heritage, a 97th birthday, and coming together as a whole. One of her four children, Greg Reilly, said "Mom can be summed up by three words: Faith, family, and friends. If I were to add a fourth it would be fun. Today she had all four."
I love seeing stories like this. It shows how the good in people still shines through all of the craziness going on.