We've been doing a great job of maintaining health and safety for our team by social distancing and working remotely. So great, in fact, that many of us have only seen each other through a Zoom conference call over the past two months. But holidays and birthdays still come and go, and we wanted to celebrate a very special one the only way we knew how under the current conditions.
Last week, we all got to social distance in person for the first time in what feels like ages. We came together for a fun cause to surprise Jane on her birthday with a parade in her neighborhood. These days, a moment like this is truly special. Even the neighbors were coming outside to see the birthday parade!
We met in a nearby parking lot to deck out our cars in Jane's favorite colors before lining up.
Some balloons may have been harmed in the making of this parade, but only a few got away! The rest we fashioned to our cars and embarked on what looked like a quarter mile long parade of vehicles.
Good doggos joined in on the fun. They were just as excited to see people as we were.
Now we know how they feel!
Up ahead you can see the first car of the parade arriving. Jane may have thought the big surprise was having a happy birthday sign installed in her front yard, but we had a bit more in store!
This is just one angle of the massive parade. I'm surprised we didn't have to pull a permit from the city! I was somewhere in the middle and the line of cars kept going around further down the road than we could see.
Our Mustang caboose revved and raced by with "Hugs for Lady Jane"
(at an acceptable speed for a residential neighborhood, of course)
All smiles. It was pure joy to take part in the birthday parade, see familiar faces again, and celebrate Jane!
I think it's safe to say we surprised all three generations of Allens judging by the looks on their faces in the picture below! Little Sam Allen was stunned by the show. I think he thought this was his birthday parade! We may have to do this again in December for his birthday. But hopefully by then we can hug our loved ones, high-five our friends, and celebrate like the olden days. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
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