An Arkansas couple, reeling from the loss of their child, got a lift they had been looking for.
Dan and Maxi Cortez ate at a Red Lobster in Little Rock, Arkansas, when they noticed that someone had paid for their bill.
A note read, “Enjoy your babies, they don’t stay little long. From the family across from you, God bless you,” according to Arkansas Matters.
Soldier Dan Cortez stepped out of his uniform for a Father's Day trip to Red Lobster. He was about to pay the bill when he spotted something scribbled on the back of it …
The anonymous family paid for the Cortez family’s lunch.
“I got my girls, and I’m happy, but if I had all three I’d be spectacular,” said Daniel Cortez.
Cortez said that after his wife, Maxi, gave birth to triplets, one of the babies was diagnosed with meningitis and passed away after seven weeks, according to the report.
“From the time, he was born he never closed his eyes. He just wanted to be awake all the time. It’s like he knew that he only had a short time,” said Maxi.
She said that the note left in the Red Lobster was a sign.
“Our family at one point was complete. We had our whole family at home together only to turn around and have one of the biggest pieces of our heart torn away. It’s the hardest thing any person would have to go through,” said Maxi.
The two noted that they will now watch their surviving children, Harper and Harlow, grow up because they won’t stay for long, as the note pointed out.
“Just to see someone reach out to complete strangers and show a little bit of kindness,” said Maxi.
In a Facebook post, Maxi thanked the anonymous family.
Maxi wrote: “The holidays are always the hardest. Without knowing any of this, you paid for our meal. You might never know our story or the impact of something so little could affect our lives. I’m writing you to thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” according to Newsner.
Arkansas Matters reported that the Cortez wanted to meet the anonymous tipper.
She continued: “I hope this post reaches you, so one day you might know that what might seemed like a small gesture of kindness to you, made celebrating my wonderful husband just a little bit easier this year!”
Parents Find Girl’s Tragic Note to Herself
A teenage girl’s letter to herself before she died is a heartbreaking reminder that life, sometimes, is all too short.
Tim and Mary Ellen Smith’s 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, passed away due to complications from pneumonia.
They had to go through her stuff in the family’s Johnson City, Tennessee, home, and found a note that she had written to herself that only she was supposed to read in the year 2023.
Here is what her letter reads, in part:
How’s life? Life is pretty simple right now (10 years in your past). I know I’m late for you, but as I’m writing, this is early, so; congratulations on graduating high school! If you didn’t go back and keep trying. Get that degree! Are you (we) in college? If not, I understand. We do have pretty good reasoning, after all.
Don’t forget, it’s Allana’s 11th birthday today! Sheesh, 11 already? In my time, she just turned 1! I didn’t get to go to that party though, because I was in Cranks, Kentucky for my first mission trip. I’ve only been back for 6 days!”