Every night at 8 p.m. we join our neighbors in Brussels and clap from our windows/ balconies to give thanks to everyone working to keep essential services running in Belgium, including health care & supermarket workers, trash collectors and firefighters.
This has become a tradition. My daughter’s nightly “bravos” out the window gives us a sense of community. It’s heartwarming to see how we’ve developed a connection with our neighbors without even knowing their names. Yet, we now recognize each other, we smile and bid à demain! (see you tomorrow) after the chants.