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Family makes the most of birthday

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  • Family makes the most of birthday
    Molly Melton celebrated her 88th birthday on Saturday. Joining her at Green Acres nursing home was her son, Asa Alliston, as well as her daugther-in-law, Pattie Alliston. CHRISTIAN MCKEARNEY/Staff

Pattie Alliston hadn’t seen her mother-in-law in a month-and-a-half.

For many people, this would be considered a coronavirus win.

For Alliston, however, she and her mother-in-law have always been tight. So, when Green Acres nursing home agreed to accommodate Alliston and her husband, Asa, they jumped at the chance. The Allistons pulled up in the Green Acres parking lot around noon Saturday. They’d already made several “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” signs and were ready for the occasion.

The Allistons then walked up to the window outside of the room of Molly Melton, who is Asa’s mother and Pattie’s mother-in-law. Melton, who was celebrating her 88th birthday that day, was “very surprised and very happy,” according to Pattie.

“It couldn’t have worked out any better,” Pattie said.

Despite being separated by a window, the Allistons and Melton were still able to hear each other and carry on a conversation. After celebrating and catching up for about 45 minutes, farewells were said and the Allistons drove back home, while Melton got in a nap.

“Just to be able to see her face and hear her voice, it meant so much. She’ll still call, and we’ll still talk on the phone,” Pattie said. “But, to be able to actually see her again, we were overjoyed. It was certainly a birthday that we’ll never forget.”