Carly Boyd was over the moon after this past weekend when she got engaged. But she was missing a very special someone to share the news with.
The 21-year-old was thinking of her grandfather.
Like many others living in nursing homes, Shelton Mahala, 87, can’t see guests until further notice due to the novel coronavirus.
It was then that Boyd decided to think outside the box.
“When I arrived at the nursing home … I run around the building to get to his bedroom window and they pulled up his blinds,” Boyd said. “I point to my ring and he realized I was engaged!”
Boyd was able to pull off the moment with the help of staff members at the Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, living facility. The nursing student shared how her bond with Mahala and it was important he hear the news from her personally.
“He was so happy he kept asking me, ‘When’s the wedding?'” Boyd said. “I know he feels a little trapped right now because of all the restrictions. We both said we love each other and it was just a really emotional moment.”
Boyd’s announcement through the window is just one of many precautions many Americans are taking to limit the older generation from potential exposure to COVID-19. In addition, those with underlying medical conditions are also at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With her grandfather and millions of others in mind, Boyd sincerely wishes the public takes these guidelines to heart.
“When people think about going out and having a good time this weekend, I hope they realize that others are sacrificing very personal relationships and the social well-being of loved ones to keep everyone safe,” Boyd said.
Boyd along with her fiancé, Trevor Sellers, 25, plans to be married around Christmas time this year.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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