During the time of a pandemic, it can be easy for society to become sheltered, lonely, or afraid. That is why in my opinion, drive-by caravans filled with family and friends are a great way to remind each other that support lies within the community.
A few weeks ago, my birthday occurred. I expected to wake up that day, lay around my house, and continue the monotonous streak of lazy days. I expected no one to come over because of the social distancing restrictions, but later on during the day, I heard beeping and loud music. This was beginning of April, so this hadn't occurred in my neighborhood yet. I walked outside to see what the commotion was about, only to see a long line of cars filled with my family members and best friends I hadn't seen in months or years. Immediately, I started bawling because of the utter shock I experienced. I had never been more genuinely surprised in my life.
That feeling of being appreciated, loved, and cared for is what I felt that day. I never even imagined some of the people who showed up would have. In addition to that, though, my neighborhood has become tightly knit since then (ironically). Neighbors I had never really spoken to came out that day and waved and cheered. Since then, both birthday and recently graduation caravans have taken place.
Congratulations to all of the graduates!