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1…2…3…Make A Wish: Celebrating Birthdays During A Pandemic

“What do you want for your birthday?” My dad asked casually on a gloomy morning. I hadn’t given it much thought because of the numerous other things filling my dwindling mental capacity. Not to be dramatic, but I’d love to walk outside and see another person without giving in to the instinct to throw a […]

“What do you want for your birthday?” My dad asked casually on a gloomy morning.

I hadn’t given it much thought because of the numerous other things filling my dwindling mental capacity. Not to be dramatic, but I’d love to walk outside and see another person without giving in to the instinct to throw a mask over my face.

It’s no secret times have been strange this year, so celebrations have not been a hot topic of conversation or concern for many of us. Since I won’t be able to have a party with my friends, I wanted ideas to make my birthday as enjoyable as possible. Many Christian Brothers students also share in the disappointment of not being able to celebrate their birthdays as they’d prefer. Whether their birthdays were at the beginning of the pandemic or are yet to come, I was curious how others were enjoying or planning to enjoy their special days. Despite the fact that many birthdays will be spent with intimate groups of family, CB students have had and continue to plan innovative ideas for their big day.

Sophie Sidley (‘21) and Maggie Melarkey (‘21) headed to a drive by birthday celebration

Creativity is one of the most prominent traits of teens during this time, as many have went to great lengths to safely celebrate their friends’ birthdays.

Back in May, Emma Frink (‘21) recalls that “my friends did a drive-by thing at my house which I had no idea about and was fully surprised. It was nice to see everyone, even from a distance.”

A six foot separation regulation didn’t stand in the way of bringing a smile to Emma’s face.

A beneficial result of spending birthdays at home is the appreciation of loved ones. In times of turmoil, it’s important to recognize the things and people within our lives that truly matter.

“My mom cooked my favorite meal and my family sang happy birthday to me,” Lindsay Monahan (‘21) said. “I’ve been able to create closer bonds with my siblings and family.”

Lindsey’s COVID safe birthday gift drop-off

Separation from friends on your birthday can be especially hard on big milestones. However you’ll remember true friends by the way they make you feel during those tough times. Ethan Simoes (‘21) adds how his appreciation for his friends has also grown through his quarantine birthday experience.

“It has made me more appreciative of my loved ones and my friends because through it all I can see that they are all genuine relationships,” Ethan says. “We are still in touch through social media, even though we can’t really see each other in person.”

“My family and friends did everything they could to help make it special,” Eddie Pimentel (‘21) said of his birthday celebration.

Despite not being able to celebrate as we normally would, there are still many things to be grateful for, especially during the holiday season. I encourage everyone, those with birthdays coming up especially, to consider giving and reflecting. Although COVID has changed the perception of celebrations and our abilities to gather together, there’s no reason we can’t all continue to celebrate in different ways.

Sometimes simpler celebrations are the most memorable, and I seriously doubt we will ever forget these birthdays.

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