A Texas dad recently drove 1,152 miles roundtrip to give his daughter a socially-distanced birthday surprise. Julio Cesar Segura, 53, got on the road at 4:15 a.m. to start the eight-and-a-half-hour drive from El Paso to Austin to visit his daughter, Diana Segura Lerma, for her 19th birthday. The dad spent 17 hours in the car, roundtrip, only to spend 30 minutes with Diana and drop off her favourite sandwich — a chicken fillet sandwich with pepper jack cheese, buffalo sauce and mayonnaise from Chick-fil-A. It’s part of a lunch tradition Julio and Diana share each year on her birthday. However, this year was extra special, as Julio surprised his daughter. “He told me that since he couldn’t do much, he wanted to know what I’d like for lunch and he would send an Uber Eats order,” Diana said. “He brings me that sandwich for lunch on my birthday every year — so far he hasn’t missed a year.” Though instead of a delivery driver, Diana opened her door to see her dad holding a Chick-fil-A bag, along with balloons and posters wishing her a “happy birthday.” “I decided to go the day before. I love her and I wanted to make sure she had a good birthday,” Julio said. Diana was shocked when she saw her dad. “I was so excited. I haven’t seen him in months, since winter break. I didn’t think that I would see him again until August,” she said. “He has always been someone who loves gestures, but I never imagined he would do this in a pandemic.” Diana did admit that she was upset she “wasn’t even able to give him a hug.” “When you see a loved one and they come so far to see you, it’s your instinct to hug them,” she said. Concerned about coronavirus, Julio did not go into Diana’s apartment, and instead the two ate their meals six feet apart – outside.
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