Kindergarten 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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