For mother-to-be Brandy Rodriguez and her in-laws, it was just another gathering at the local Chick-fil-A in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
It was just another meal and a fun photo opportunity.
But Fort Bragg Army wife, Brandy, was about to get the surprise of her life. The surprise would make one day at the local restaurant chain a treasured memory.
After the meal together, the family decided to visit the restaurant mascot, a cow, for a quick photo opp.
The photographer counted to three and as they posed for their photo, they said the traditional word, “chicken,” a substitution for “cheese.”
But as the photo clicked, the cow pulled off his costume head and everyone began to cry. They were tears of happiness as Brandy discovered a familiar face inside of the cow.
In shock, Brandy saw her husband, Antonio, standing in front of her.
She hesitated and then threw her arms around him in joy. The soldier had just returned form deployment.
“Oh, no way!” said one member of the Rodriguez family. As Brandy continued to hug her husband in cow costume, the rest of the family began to clap.
The entire homecoming was caught on video. In the background, employees began to cry while other patrons clapped at the touching moment.
But this was not a surprise for everyone. Antonio had planed his charade weeks in advance with his family’s help. The emotion on everyone’s face showed in what was a moving scene for all.
Chick-fil-A, along with the cow mascot, were happy to help out.
“Chick-fil-A is a huge supporter of the military and their families, and very appreciative for the sacrifices they make for our country,” said Chick-fil-A manager Devin Windsor.
The soldier’s homecoming could not have come at a better time. Brandy and Antonio are expecting their first child soon.
Chick-fil-A’s willingness to help out just showed one more example of the thankfulness felt for those who serve our country.
It seemed like a little thing; a restaurant, family members, and a cow costume. But for Brandy and Antonio, the reunion meant everything.
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