April 29th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 17
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Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Last week, I celebrated my birthday in a way I never have before, without most of my family and friends.

Heading into it, I wasn’t quite sure what I’d be feeling.

Over the course of the da though, I realized it was even more special because I was shown how much my family loves me.

Whether it was a FaceTime call by siblings and nephews and nieces, or a game of virtual Settlers of Catan or the distanced face-to-face supper with my parents who drove out to see me, my entire family made the effort to send me birthday wishes.

I also received home made cards from all my nephews and nieces, which is so special.

Seeing the amount of time and effort they put into the cards they create for me makes me feel so loved.
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All this was done for a guy who turned 23.

Then, on Saturday, one of my sisters celebrated more of a milestone birthday as she turned 30.

My family once again stepped up and delivered a truly special birthday surprise for her.

They all made signs and blew up balloons to put on their vehicles and did a drive-by birthday parade for her.

Overall, these times are tough.

Being limited to family visits like this isn’t something that’s easy to cope with, especially for a family like mine who get together as often as we do.
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However, in a few years, we may be able to look back at this time and be grateful we even had the chances to have these kinds of visits.

These are the types of visits and celebrations I’ll never forget.

While it’s not easy to do, we need to make the best of the situation we currently find ourselves in.

The time apart will feel far longer if we focus on the negative instead of the positive.

I know it’s easier said than done but we need to try or else these months could feel like years.

Stay strong and stay positive and we’ll get through this just fine!
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