Two little boys, ages 4 and 5, received the joyous surprise of their lives Monday when their mother showed up unexpectedly at their schools.
U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Shania Porter, 36, of Phoenix, Arizona, who has been deployed overseas for the past seven months, just returned home on Monday, and surprised her sons, Bryce, 5, and Blake, 4, at their schools.
This was Porter’s fifth overseas deployment, but her first deployment as a mother. This time, Porter missed her oldest son’s kindergarten graduation.
She also missed seeing her preschooler off on the morning of his first day of school Monday, but she arrived in time to take him home the same day.
On Monday, the returning military mother first went to Blake’s preschool, the Primrose School of Palm Valley in Goodyear, and made a special broadcast to the preschool class from the school’s office.
“Attention Pre-K 1,” Porter said. “I have a special announcement for a little boy that I flew so many miles to see and to tell him how much I love him.”
Blake was still reportedly confused, not sure whose voice had just come over the intercom until his mother walked into the classroom and tapped him on the shoulder. He then broke into a huge smile and ran into her arms.
The next stop was to surprise first-grader Bryce at Crown Charter School in Maricopa County.
In a pre-arranged plot, the school’s principal, Janis Ramirez, gave her cellphone to Bryce so he could FaceTime with his mother, who he first thought was still 3,000 miles away. Then, he recognized the playground of his own school in the background of the video and came running out the door of the school to embrace her.
Ramirez said, “To see him reunite with his mother, who I know he just loves … it was just a memorable moment that we were happy to be a part of.”
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