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The family don't show up for a family dinner: the man invites the customers of the restaurant to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

November 20, 2021 • By Alison Forde

If we are surrounded by the affection and love of our family, we are very lucky people. Yes, because even in the most difficult moments of one's life, in pain and happiness, we know that there will always be more than one person who will be able to reach out to us and help us, without asking for anything in return. Having a family that loves us is a precious treasure that should be jealously guarded, because sometimes we underestimate the great resource we have in our family. A 61-year-old man has realized that too often family cannot be everything in life ...

This moving story happened in a restaurant in Boca del Rio, Mexico, when a 61-year-old man was supposed to celebrate his birthday there; he arrived alone and after having taken his place at the reserved table, the man waited for some time for the arrival of his family to celebrate together, but then a text message arrived on his cell phone. When the man, named Eduviges Villatoro, read what was written in the text message, he realized that none of his family would arrive to celebrate his 61st birthday, and so he suddenly became very serious and sad ...

But then Eduviges had a brilliant idea to salvage that very important day for himself; he decided to involve all the customers who were in the restaurant at that time by asking them for a truly courageous and at times heartbreaking favor: "Please excuse me, may I have your attention. Today is my birthday, I am 61 years old and I wanted to celebrate with my family. I waited for my children and grandchildren, but no one came. Anyone who wants can come and sit with me and celebrate my birthday. I would also be grateful if you could sing a little birthday song for me."

When the other guests at the restaurant listened to those words full of emotion, they couldn't help but stand up and sing the famous song "Happy Birthday to you", with real feeling!


Then the owners of the restaurant in Boca del Rio thought that if the Eduviges family didn't want to show up to celebrate, they would rescue the situation, so they organized a real party with the other customers of the restaurant, complete with a cake provided by the restaurant: a special birthday for a very special person!

Even though Eduviges' closest family didn't show up on his birthday, this 61-year-old man found that kindness and affection can come from even people who are completely unknown to us, and who owe us nothing. 

If we have a loving family to rely on we are very lucky, but let's always remember this: sometimes, family isn't everything in life!

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