Little Kids Greet Their Grandparents through Glass Door in Touching Photo & Twitter Reacts
Among the endless stories emerging from the need to self-quarantine due to the coronavirus, one bittersweet moment captured the hearts of many on Twitter. Safety doesn't mean separation.
A photograph that came from Norwich, Norfolk in England, is warming hearts all over the globe and reminding people everywhere that COVID-19 doesn't stop people from spreading love.
ITV weatherman Chris Page shared the image to Twitter on Wednesday, citing a friend as the originator. He also added words of advice for everyone out there. The post is found below.
Coming together amid COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic forced many to self-isolate, and persons are being told not to come within six feet of others. However, this family used a trick to unite grandparents with their grandchildren.
Hi Chris! Where is this in Norfolk? Love this picture, their smiles 😊😊— Harry Rutter (@HRCTJ) March 19, 2020
In the touching photo, we see as two elderly persons in their robes bend down to greet two young tots wearing navy coats. The grandparents are inside their home, and the kids are outside.
This is the most adorable thing I’ve seen so far today from a friend of mine! 💙— Chris Page - Weatherman (@ChrisPage90) March 18, 2020
Remember. #SelfIsolation doesn’t have to be lonely if managed correctly! @GMB @itvanglia @itvnews pic.twitter.com/PuvbXduXw6
Persons react online
The grandparents have their hands raised to the glass door, as do the young children. Both look as if they are touching despite the glass present between them.
this is beautiful, thank you for sharing— Patrycja GJ (@GarciaPatrycja) March 18, 2020
The photograph gained a lot of reactions on Twitter, where people couldn't help but express how the beautiful moment had made them feel. For at least one person, it was more bittersweet than anything.
Love travels...even through glass.— prettyinpink (@VerstraetB) March 19, 2020
"This makes me happy and also sad," wrote Twitter user Laura Tobin. Of course, it would be better if there were no restrictions at all between families and how they interact.
This makes me happy and also sad😢— Laura Tobin (@Lauratobin1) March 18, 2020
Others not as fortunate
However, the family is somewhat lucky that they have options. The Washington Post recently reported on how millions in the US who are vulnerable have to care for their grandchildren.
For example, Cassandra Gentry, who is 68, takes care of her nine-year-old granddaughter and her 14-year-old grandson. She says it's difficult after being told not to hug her kids whom she is so close to.
For now, video chat is probably the way to go... https://t.co/MnuK29zKVV— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) March 20, 2020
Celebrating a birthday
Still, another family, this one in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, had a similar moment when Valerie and Sam Horncastle, grandparents, visited their grandkids.
Both 89, the Horncastles surprised granddaughter Lauren Godfrey for her thirtieth birthday. BBC reports that the elderly couple said they couldn't resist going to see the woman blow out her candles.
The elders also surprised their great-grandchildren Annabella, three, and Margo, four months. Godfrey had initially planned to go out for her birthday, but she thought it best to stay home.
A lot of our parents and grandparents are convinced that, despite their age or health condition, they’re not vulnerable to the risks of the coronavirus.— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 12, 2020
Why are so many not listening — and how can we convince them to?https://t.co/t9YkDuvsKa
Announcing an engagement
Back home in North Carolina, one woman announced her engagement to her grandfather through a glass window because of the quarantine. Carly Boyd got engaged as COVID-19 started impacting the world.
She and her grandfather share a close bond, so she had to tell him. However, when Boyd arrived at the Premiere Living & Rehab Center, where her granddad stays, she did what she had to do to take precaution.
Shelton is 87, so while he stood inside, Boyd remained behind clear glass. When the time was right, she put her hand up and pointed to the engagement band on her finger.
We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!