A touching photo has brought tears to peoples’ eyes across the world as it shows a woman showing off her engagement ring to her grandfather through the nursing home window during the coronavirus lockdown, which means she can’t go inside.
Caryl Boyd, 22, was overjoyed to become engaged over the weekend to her partner but due to restrictions over the coronavirus at the Premier Living and Rehab Center in Lake Waccamaw, it meant she wasn’t able to show her grandfather the ring close up.
So that her grandfather wouldn’t feel excluded from this special time in her life, Caryl decided she would walk over to her grandfather’s window at the care home where he would be able to see her from his bed.
She told KOLD: “I really wanted to be able to tell my grandfather because he has dementia and there’s no phone in there that he has access to.
“I just really wanted to make an effort to tell him.
“The staff said ‘Well we can walk around the building and we can pull the blinds up and you can tell him through the window’ and I was like ‘Yes, I would love to!'”
Gennie Parnell, the facility’s administrator, took pictures of the heartwarming moment as Caryl proudly shows her grandfather her engagement ring.
However, it did bring tears to Caryl’s eyes as she couldn’t hug her grandfather.
“I just … it was very –oh my gosh, I’m going to cry — it was very special,” she said. “I got really emotional and really sad and I just put my hand on the window, and he put his there too. I just told him I love him, and he said ‘I love you too and I hope to see you soon’ like really see you.”
To keep those in the vulnerable age group safe, including Caryl’s grandfather, restrictions have been put in place.
As a registered nurse, Caryl understands more than most what it will take, having trained at Southeastern Community College.
Her fiancé, Trevor Sellers, works at the Department of Transportation and is the lucky man who asked for Caryl’s hand in marriage as the pair took a stroll down North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“We start walking out to the beach and he started telling me how much he loved me and halfway through I figured out what was going on,” Caryl said. “He got down on one knee and proposed to me and I was very, very ecstatic about it! I cried, he cried.”
The pictures of the happy couple were uploaded on to Facebook on Monday.
April Bass, the community activity coordinator at the facility wrote: “Coronavirus didn’t stop this granddaughter and grandfather from sharing this happy moment.”
Bass then added that the entire facility is trying its very best to make sure all residents are still able to keep in contact with their loved ones during the lockdown. Like Caryl, many have taken to popping up through the windows of the building or have called or Facetimed.
Caryl wrote on her Facebook page: “So glad I was allowed to see my grandfather, even under the circumstances of this virus I was still able to tell him I am engaged!!”
The couple is planning to wed next year.
Meanwhile, another photo has gone viral as it shows a beautiful moment between father and son during the coronavirus lockdown.