Nursing student Carly Boyd recently got engaged. She wasn't allowed to meet her grandfather in his nursing home, but she still found a special way to share the news.
As the coronavirus epidemic grows within the United States, ordinary citizens are finding extraordinary solutions to everyday problems. Whether it is supermarkets establishing "elderly hours" so senior citizens can shop in peace or good samaritans leaving large tips for servers at restaurants on the verge of shutting down, this public health crisis has shown us that there is still so much to appreciate about humanity. In similar news, a woman whose grandfather's nursing home is on lockdown found an inventive way to share some exciting news about her life, CNN reports. Pressing her hand against the glass window of her grandfather's room, she showed him that she was newly engaged.
Nursing student Carly Boyd from North Carolina got engaged over the weekend. Like any bride to be, she was anxious to share the news with all her friends and family. With the coronavirus epidemic causing shutdowns across the country, however, that wasn't the easiest thing to do when it came to informing her grandfather. Just like millions of other senior citizens living in nursing homes, he has been placed under quarantine. As the elderly are most at risk if they contract the illness, this is a precautionary measure adopted to protect them. Sadly, this meant Carly was not allowed to visit him to show off her engagement ring.
"I really wanted to be able to tell my grandfather because he has dementia and there's no phone in there that he has access to," Carly explained in an interview with CNN affiliate KOLD. "I just really wanted to make an effort to tell him." The nursing student could have waited until the epidemic died down, but her grandfather is too special to her to wait. Therefore, she decided to work in collaboration with the staff at her grandfather's nursing home, Premier Living and Rehab Center in Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina. They helped her figure out which window corresponded to his bedroom. Carly said, "[The nursing home] said ‘Well we can walk around [the building] and we can pull the blinds up and you can tell him [through the window]’ and I was like ‘Yes, I would love to!’" Then, standing outside his window, she delivered the big news.
She stood outside the window until he noticed she was outside. Once he walked up to her, she pointed to her engagement ring. The two then shared an adorable moment. She raised her hand and placed it on the window's glass, and he did the same. This is how they held hands and communicated their love for each other. While this may not have been the revelation she had in mind, every second of it was just as special as any other reveal. She shared, "It was very special. I just put my hand on the window, and he put his there too. I just told him I love him, and he said, 'I love you, too, and I hope to see you soon,' like really see you."
Carly plans to get married next year. Hopefully, the coronavirus epidemic would have died down by then. She hopes her grandfather will be able to see her walk down the aisle in her wedding gown. At present, several couples have had to postpone their weddings or officiate their marriages online via Skype. For someone who has been planning their wedding since they were a little child, this can be a little heartbreaking. Nevertheless, people are staying resilient and powering through. Carly's moment with her grandfather has since gone viral. A post uploaded by his nursing home has been shared over 171,000 times and has received over 58,000 likes. She has shown the world that there is still so much to celebrate.