December 22, 2006

Positivity: Soldier Dad Surprises Kindergartener

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Greater Cincinnati (HT Porkopolis):

MOUNT HEALTHY — The presents under the tree on Christmas morning will no doubt surprise and delight 6-year-old Steffan Treadwell.

But nothing will surprise him more than the present that came wrapped in a soldier’s uniform to his kindergarten class at Duvall school in Mount Healthy this morning.

Steffan’s father, Army Spc. Steffan Treadwell Sr., came to the school right after getting off a flight from Fort Bragg, N.C., so he could surprise his son, who believed that his father would not be home for Christmas.

The boy, who had been complaining earlier of a tummy ache, was coaxed by principal Eugene Blalock to come back to teacher Helen Gunden’s classroom, where his father and 14 classmates waited.

As he walked into the classroom, he saw his father and ran to him. The soldier, who is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan next month, picked him up and held his son’s head in his hand.

“You didn’t think you” see me, did you?” the soldier said. “Well, here I am.”

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