When Julia Adams’ son called the other day to ask her to open her blinds and look out her third-story window, there he was, waving from the boom lift of his bucket truck.
Adams lives at Windsor Estates Assisted Living in New Middletown, Ohio, a couple of miles west of the Pennsylvania line, and was feeling a little cooped up because of the COVID-19 quarantine. Her son, Charley, who usually visits her weekly, was missing her, too.
Charley Adams owns a tree preservation company and was putting gas in his bucket truck when the brilliant idea struck. He wondered if his truck would reach as high as his mother's window. He drove to Windsor Estates and asked a nurse if he could give it a try. It worked.
His wife snapped some pictures from the parking lot, and his uncle posted it online. Next thing they knew, it went viral.
"It's been such a blessing because she's getting a lot of calls from family all around the country,” Charley Adams says. “The way I look at it, it's a little bright spot in the world."
Emotions through the window
In Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, Shelton Mahala, 87, got all choked up when his 21-year-old granddaughter, Carly Boyd, showed up at his window to announce her engagement.
The staff of Premier Living & Rehab Center let Boyd come around the building to his first-floor window to bring him the news.
"I pointed to my ring, and I was like, ‘Look, I'm engaged!’ And he was like, ‘Oh, well, when's the wedding?’ “ says Boyd, who explained that the ceremony was probably more than a year off.
"I told him that and he got a little sad, and he was like, ‘Well, I hope that I'm going to be able to make it,’ “ she says. “And that's when I got a little emotional because I was thinking, you know, he doesn't understand this whole virus thing.