It was Father’s Day of 2016, and parents Dan and Maxi Cortez wanted nothing else than to spend time with their two adorable baby daughters, Harlow and Harper.
After having issues with infertility, the couple underwent one round of IVF treatment. It seemed to work better than expected, as the couple was blessed with triplets: two girls and a boy.
It was on May 27, 2015, that Harlow, Harper, and Landon were delivered via C-section. All three babies were allowed to go home together after three weeks in NICU.
The Cortezes are a military family hailing from Cabot, Arkansas. For Father’s Day, Maxi and Dan traded up their uniforms for civilian clothes to get a meal at Red Lobster. Both members of the National Guard, Dan and Maxi, couldn’t wait to start their family.
While waiting for their meal, Dan and Maxi had playful fun with their 1-year-old girls. This scene was the kind you’ll see in the illustration for the dictionary definition of “family.’’
When they finished their meal, Dan was just about to reach for his wallet to pay when he was greeted with a receipt instead of a bill. Before he could ask the waiter if there had been some mistake, he noticed some words scribbled on the back of the receipt, and it stated that they should enjoy their babies as they would not be little forever. It also wished God bless from the stangers’ family.
To Dan and Maxi’s surprise, kind-hearted strangers had just paid for their lunch. But the anonymous family who paid their bill had no idea the Cortez family was short a member.
Little Landon was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at only two weeks old. He passed away over a month later. It was their first Father’s Day without Landon that day they went to Red Lobster.
Those kind strangers had no idea how much their random act of kindness made Dan and Maxi so grateful. The gesture “gave them new life,’’ the couple says.
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