His fourth birthday is something young Wyatt Goettman will not soon forget.
On Sunday morning, April 5, dozens of members of Jeep clubs from all over Southern California came together to give the boy a birthday parade in front of his house.
As the Jeeps and other cars drove by, waving and wishing Wyatt a happy birthday, he stayed in his front yard, waved back and thanked each car.
It was a special day planned by his mother, Shonna Goettman, who reached out to Wildomar city councilmember Bridgette Moore to find out if she had any ideas for making the day special for her son.
“(Moore) liked the idea and that she was going to check into some stuff and that she would message me later,” Goettman said. “A couple of days later she had posted on Facebook that my son was having a birthday party and wanted to know what we could do to make the day special. And it just kind of snowballed from there.”
Goettman said many of the members from Facebook “jumped on the bandwagon and said they wanted to do a birthday drive by.”
She said Richard Deskin, a member of a local Jeep club took it on and planned the whole thing himself.
She said her son was really touched by the event.
“Everybody coming together, all of the Jeeps coming down the street,” Goettman said. “It was just huge. All of that was a big deal for him. The people that made all the signs. Just the fact that all these strangers, he didn’t even know any of these people, but they knew his name. Like that was crazy to him.”
Goettman said the family tried to make the day special for him, getting his favorite food and decorating the house to make it a festive day.
“We really tried hard to make this one a good one, despite not being able to have a party and enjoy all of our family and friends company,” she said. “Wyatt has a lot of cousins he’s missing today.”
When asked what his favorite part of the parade was, his mother knew exactly what that was – there was a Spiderman hanging from one of the Jeeps.
“I think the Spiderman was the biggest thing – all of my kids really badly wanted to just run up and hug Spiderman and give him a high-five,” Goettman said. “And I’m like, ‘We can’t do that right now.’ So I think that that was really hard, the fact that they couldn’t really interact with people. They couldn’t like high-five anybody or give anybody a hug. That was difficult.
“But Spiderman is what he’s talked about more than anything,” she said.
Jeff Pack can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.