On one evening in September 2017, a Mexican man sat alone in a restaurant, patiently waiting for his 61st birthday party to get started. Sadly, however, his gathering did not get off the ground. That is, until the people around him rallied together to make sure that there would be a celebration none of them would easily forget.
This story starts in the city of Boca del Rio in Veracruz, on the east coast of Mexico. A woman named Patty Rodriguez had gone to a local restaurant to catch up with some friends. As she sat and chatted to her group, however, she noticed something – or, rather, someone – out of the corner of her eye.
In the eaterie, just behind where she and her friends had congregated, was an older man. He was busying himself organizing a table, presumably in anticipation of the arrival of a number of people. Furthermore, Rodriguez noticed how the man was going to great lengths with the table decoration.