Family celebrates 90th birthday with parade for Lutheran Home resident
Mary Lett's family couldn't be there in person to celebrate her 90th birthday, so they did the next best thing -- a drive-by birthday parade.
A caravan of 17 cars outfitted with birthday signs and well-wishes for caregivers drove past the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights where Lett, formerly of Mount Prospect, is a resident on the fourth floor.
Having a drive-by birthday party parade "puts life into a new perspective," said Laurie Nichols of Mount Prospect, one of Lett's daughters.
The celebration was the brainchild of Nichol's sister, Sharon Paulson of Prospect Heights, who put it together in a week and a half. Fifteen grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren along with seven siblings and spouses drove by the Lutheran Home, waving their hands and signs.
Nichols said it has been a month since she has seen her mom -- a wedding in February before the coronavirus outbreak -- so she loved the group effort behind the memorable 90th birthday present.
"We feel heartbroken that we couldn't be with her, holding her hand, but she knows we were there," Nichols said.