It was meant to be a Mother’s Day surprise for grandma Cherrill Flynn, 87, when 26-year-old Rebecca Roy and her family sang “You Are My Sunshine” outside their grandma’s senior living facility in Waterford, Michigan. But it ended up being more than that.
The serenade, performed by Rebecca, her husband, sister and mother, was a gift for Cherrill, who they haven’t seen for three months due to her living facility being on lockdown to protect seniors from the coronavirus. But they weren’t going to let Mother’s Day pass by without giving the woman who is always there for them, something.
“She’s always been at everything for us, at all of our events and everything we’ve done,” Rebecca said. “So we decided that, especially on Mother’s Day when we haven’t been able to see her in a while, that it would be nice to return the favor a little bit and at least sing to her and lift her spirits on a day that we usually would be with her and out eating brunch somewhere.”
But before Cherrill could make it to her balcony, some others beat her to the performance. In a video shared online you can see the group starting their song accompanied by guitar; but also at least four others on their balconies or standing at the doors watching and enjoying the performance.
It wasn’t that the intended to perform for a larger audience, but they were glad they could. “Not all families are able to go visit their loved ones on Mother’s Day so it was nice to bring everyone’s spirits up,” Rebecca said. “Especially right now, when others might be feeling a bit lonely or don’t have other people to lean on, it’s important to show people that you love them.”
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And as for the song selection? Cherrill knows it well. “It’s a song we used to sing when my children were little,” she said. “I sang along right with them.”
Story and Image from CNN.