ADRIAN — Joe Terlesky used to drive out to Lenawee Medical Care Center at least once every day to see his wife Geri.


Usually he'd make a couple trips, sometimes three. And he'd always have a lottery ticket — Geri's favorite.


That all came to an end in mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic shutdown nursing homes.


Joe and Geri still talk on the phone multiple times a day. Some friends set them up with iPads so they can video chat too. Joe makes daily trips to the nursing home to drop things off for his wife.


But it's not the same.


With their 20th anniversary coming up, it gave Kim Raburn an idea.


Raburn came to know Geri and Joe through the Adrian Eagles, as both are longtime members.


"Wouldn't it be nice if Joe got to see Geri on their anniversary?" Raburn thought.


Raburn, with some help from her friends at the Eagles and staff at Lenawee Medical, put together a surprise fit for the anniversary — an in-person reunion of sorts and a parade for Joe and Geri.


All she had to do was get Joe to come to the nursing home Saturday morning — the day of their anniversary.


That proved to be more of a challenge than she thought.


Raburn told Joe he needed to arrive at 10:30 a.m. There was going to be a delivery for Geri. Joe put it on his calendar but wondered why he needed to be there. He wouldn't be able to see Geri, anyway.


Friends from the Eagles were already lining up their cars in the parking lot as Raburn tried to track down Joe.


He might have forgotten about it.


"I wasn't planning on anything this morning," he would say later.


Geri patiently waited in the lobby of the nursing home. She too did not know what was in store.


Finally, Joe arrived.


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"You can't go in, but look who's sitting right there," Raburn said as Joe walked up to the entrance of the nursing home.


Separated by only a glass door, Joe and Geri were reunited for the first time in over two months.


A big smile crossed Joe's face. It'd stay with him the rest of the morning.


"Hi, Geri," he waved.


The morning was far from over. A staff member then wheeled Geri outside so she could watch the parade.


Joe and Geri took the parade in together, from a safe distance away.


Cars decked out in balloons and signs wishing the couple a happy anniversary passed by the main entrance of the nursing home.


"We miss you!" someone shouted.


"Joe, how we doing buddy?" another shouted.


"Happy anniversary! Come out and drink a beer will you?" someone shouted to Joe.


Joe and Geri waved as all their friends passed by. The Adrian Fire Department even made a quick appearance.


"You set this all up didn't you," Joe asked Raburn.


"I …," Raburn hesitated. "I did. I'm not going to lie to you again."


Neither Joe nor Geri seemed to mind.


"It feels good (to be outside)," Geri said. "It was so nice."


"It surprised the heck out of me," Joe added.


Once the parade was over Joe caught up with those who helped make the morning a special one.


"She worked all of this up," Joe said to a friend, still wearing the same smile.


The morning went off without a hitch, except for Joe being fashionably late. Raburn was more than happy.


"They're probably the sweetest and caring people," she said. "You know they're in love. Everybody wants what they have."


Soon it was time for Geri to go back in. Staff tied some of the balloons to her wheelchair. She'll be the talk of the nursing home for at least a couple days.


Joe blew her a kiss goodbye as she went back in.


Now they have something else to talk about over the phone.