Everything seems to be on hold in the era of coronaviruses: schools, restaurants, shops. You name it. Bars across the country are also closing to promote social distancing and try to prevent the number of COVID-19 cases from completely submerging our health care system. But just because the clubs aren’t open doesn’t mean that American kids have stopped turning 21.
One such Gen-Zer is Jack Torchia, who returned from college to isolate himself with his family in New Jersey. When his plans to party with family and friends failed, his mother, Carolyn, took it upon herself to make sure he had the full experience of club hop, even if it happened in the “Husband’s cave” of her husband.
At midnight March 22, Jack’s 18-year-old sister Emily captured it all before putting it on the popular social media app, TikTok. It currently has over 4.5 million views.
Her mother was located behind the bar to provide drinks. “It is our policy that we give you a free shot of green tea,” she said in the video, before pouring one for her son, the “bouncer”, and for herself.
Emily, who returned home from Penn State due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Charm that this type of gesture is normal for the course with his family. “My mom comes from a very large and passionate family, so we do things like that all the time, surprisingly,” she said on Instagram. “It took about a day because my garage is already a” cave for men “. My parents just moved objects and added decorations!”
With two children returning from college earlier than expected, the Torchia family used this time to reconnect. “My family has always been very close, but this has definitely brought us closer, which I never thought was possible,” said Emily.
“My father is the most excited, which is the funniest,” she adds about her parents’ reactions to their new TikTok celebrity. “My mom was also very touched by the positive comments people have written about them as parents.”
It seems like these DIY birthday parties are becoming somewhat of a trend on TikTok and Twitter as the nation fights to protect itself and others against the contraction of COVID-19. CNN’s Saba Hamedy shared some of these makeshift celebrations on her Twitter:
Honestly, all of these parents are killing him right now.