Confession. Whenever I'm feeling really down, I will pull up a military homecoming video. Daddies and little girls, mommies and sons ... these awesome welcomes for the people who are out there serving our country never fail to make me smile.
Can anything top the look a little girl gets on her face when she hasn't seen her daddy in months? Or a little boy gets when he sees Mom after a year?
The reunion of a child and a parent carries with it so much emotion and so much hope.
I know I miss my daughter when I send her to school for a day or when I go on a business trip for a few. Now multiply that by weeks and months for servicemen and women and the families they leave behind.
That's true sacrifice.
But as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder -- and the love that you can see on the faces of these returning heroes is only topped by the pure joy on the faces of their kids.
Need a pick-me-up? How about checking out some of the most beautiful expressions of love on earth ... photos of kids getting their Mommy or Daddy back!
Which one is your favorite?
Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr
There's no love like that of a daddy for her little girl, and this member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division got the biggest hug of his life when his brigade returned from a year combined tour in Iraq and Kuwait in June.