Kindergartener Left Speechless When Army Mom Surprises Her at School After 10-Month Deployment (VIDEO)

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military reunionKindergarten is a big deal for kids filled with lots of exciting firsts and their entrance into "real" school. For 5-year-old Kristina Struhar, however, last Thursday morning became a school day like no other.

There she was at circle time at Wider Horizons School, sitting among her classmates listening to the teacher read a book. Then quietly in slipped a surprise visitor -- her mother, Army Spc. Somer Struhar, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the last 10 months. Kristina had no idea she was coming, and she's absolutely stunned to see her.

She's almost speechless and doesn't seem to quite comprehend what's happening. Her teacher prompts her to tell the class who the visitor is, and she eeks out "my mom" before running to see her.

She's clearly thrilled to see her mother, but it takes awhile for her to absorb it all. At 5, I imagine 10 months seems like a lifetime, and to have the mother she surely missed all those months suddenly appear has got to be a lot to take in, but how beautiful once she does.

My daughter is close to the same age as Kristina, and the thought of leaving her for 10 months makes tears well up in my eyes. Tears at how lucky I am to kiss her goodnight nearly every evening and at how lucky we all are to have people like Kristina's mother who are willing to sacrifice the same for the good of our nation.

How long is the longest you've been away from your children?


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4kidz916 4kidz916

The longest I've been away is a week.

la_be... la_bella_vita

The longest I've been away is 2 days

la_be... la_bella_vita

Technically only 24 hours from my youngest 2 but 2 days from my oldest

Bmat Bmat

This is beautful. I imagine that the child had hoped and hoped for her mom to show up and then put it aside, so when she did show up unannounced, she may have wondered what was going on.

Bmat Bmat

A week is as long as I was away when the children were small.

jen11... jen113000

Aaawww! How sweet!!! The most I've been away from my oldest was 4 days. Youngest, just over night.

Madel... Madelaine

Love it!

dusky... dusky_rose

Awwww! The longest I've been away from my older children is 3 months (they live with their dad). The longest I've been away from my youngest son is maybe a day, if that.

sukainah sukainah

That's so sweet.

The longest I've been away from one of my kids is only 2 nights when he spent a few nights at his grandma and grandpa's.  I missed him so much.  I can't imagine being away from my kids that long.

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