Social distancing may be the right thing to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t make it suck any less. And sure, canceling a vacation or not having your kid’s high school graduation are not the most tragic things happening these days. It is still hard as a parent, though, when something so unprecedented like this takes away things your kids were really looking forward to.
Birthday parties for young kids definitely fall into that category. They look forward to having their little buddies come over, or go to some unnecessarily dangerous trampoline park for a few hours hopped up on sugar. So with the current travel and gathering restrictions having to tell your kid it’s not happening, is not a fun day.
One police precinct in New York City feels that pain and went the extra mile to make one boy’s 9th-birthday at least a little bit special. Four officers from the 49th precinct in the Bronx decided to surprise the boy with a cake and song (from a socially-distant spot).
🎂 When we heard this young 9yr old child was a bit discouraged he couldn’t celebrate his birthday outside, we wanted to make sure his day was a memorable one by stopping by with birthday cake‼️ Happy Birthday from all of us at the 49th Precinct!! 🎈🎁🎉❤️💙🎂 #NYPDConnecting pic.twitter.com/wSu1Wxp7xO
— NYPD 49th Precinct (@NYPD49Pct) April 21, 2020
“When we heard this young 9yr old child was a bit discouraged he couldn’t celebrate his birthday outside, we wanted to make sure his day was a memorable one by stopping by with birthday cake,” according to a release from the precinct on Twitter.
It was a brief moment of joy in a city that has been ravaged more than most by the disease. NYC is the epicenter of the coronavirus in the U.S., and the NYPD has been hit hard (along with healthcare workers and many first-responders) by the virus, with more than 4,000 officers testing positive.
It’s important to celebrate the small moments of humanity, and the simple acts of kindness that make people feel just a little bit better in a tough situation.