All Three-year-old June Black knew Saturday morning is she was about to meet Santa Claus. But a few feet away at the Stonebriar Mall in Frisco a more beloved figure was about to enter the picture, her dad, Staff Sergeant TJ Black. Staff Sgt. Black arrived at DFW International Airport Saturday morning after finishing his fifth deployment, a six-month stint in Southern Afghanistan.
Black yelled, “Daddy,” when she saw him and into his arms she ran. Meantime in the mall Santa’s other arm was Staff Sgt. Black’s Five-month old son, Lucas, whom he’d never met.
“I’m just ready to get the relationship started,” said Staff Sgt. Black. “Get some quality time with him.”
Lucas was born a month into Staff Sgt. Black’s latest deployment with the 4th Engineering Battalion. That deployment ended just in time for a pre-Christmas surprise and one-of-a-kind photo with Santa. A thrill for the whole family and everyone who got to see this lump in the throat moment, even the mall Santa.
“Thank you for your service,” the Santa told Staff Sgt. Black. “Bless you for being home.” …
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