When Beau and Amy Miles decided to scratch their children’s’ joint birthday party in lieu of a classic pandemic “birthday parade”, they had no idea just how special and memorable the event would be.
Scheduled for a steamy Saturday July morning, the Miles family took their places outside of their home and prepared for an onslaught of honking horns and blown kisses from loved ones. What they didn’t expect was a couple of very special Madison police officers to not only nearly lead the parade on a whim but to return a couple of short hours later with more unexpected birthday surprises.
The birthday girl and boy Evelyn, 5, and Hayes, 3, squealed loudly when the sirens rang and the blue lights flashed as the parade began while parents Beau and Amy scratched their heads and wondered who coordinated this.
“Our friends started texting us and asking if we had called the cops and asked them to join, which we didn’t,” shared Amy. “It turns out that one of the Madison police officers was patrolling the neighborhood coincidentally and saw the balloons. He asked our friends if there was about to be a parade and then called a couple more officers for back-up.”
Not only did the officers come with their sirens and lights going, but they helped control traffic and even played “Baby Shark”, which had all of the neighbors outside laughing.
“Our son just lost his mind,” shared Beau. “They were so excited.”
After the parade was over and the adrenaline from the fun had worn off, the Miles family heard a knock at the door. The two officers were back with gifts in tow.
“The most touching thing to me was that the whole unit signed a birthday card for each of my kids,” shared Amy. “And they didn’t buy just any gifts. They bought things that our kids would really like.”
“In light of everything happening this was just such an act of love that was really incredible,” shared Beau.
The recent pandemic has presented a list of undeniable negatives and discomforts to the society that we once knew, but it’s also brought about the opportunity for many to show their true colors: colors that shine bright in the way of lifting others up, bringing a smile to someone else’s face, and being there to make these days that much more memorable and unique.
Thank you Madison police!
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