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Family decorates lawn of their 89-year-old mother for her birthday

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 22:55:42-04

CENTREVILLE, Md. — There is a lot of things we’ve had to do without because of this virus, sporting events, school, work, etc but there is one thing one family in Centreville was not going to miss: mom’s birthday.

Young and enthusiastic Jacline Moran is 89-years-old. She’s been stuck in the house for more than a month now and knowing her birthday was coming, her kids wanted to do something special.

So with the nerves in their stomach, like the old days when they may have toilet papered someone house, they met up early in the morning to set the surprise. Jim Moran, who happens to be a commissioner for Queen Anne’s County, met his siblings early in the morning.

"I was out here in the dark, my sister and brother showed up about 6:30 and we were in and out of here in like 15 minutes," Moran said.

Signs, balloons and 89 butterflies, one for each year, adorned the lawn for all to see. The surprise worked.

"It was amazing. I was out of breath really. I didn’t know what to say really. I didn’t know what happened. I didn’t hear anything. I first I said, 'Well, I’m gonna wait a few minutes' ‘cause I was crying really, I was so happy.”

So with five kids, 12 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids and that number is about to go to 13, all celebrating her 89 years, Jacline passes on some wisdom for all of us.

"You do the best you can and pray to God that this will go away," she said. "Then you can live a normal life after that."