The Army specialist came home from Iraq, then let his family wrap him in a box and cart him to son Gabriel’s elementary school.
While Gabriel chowed down on cupcakes with his classmates, Casey sat quietly in the box, waiting. When he finally tore off the bright balloon-covered wrapping paper, the kindergartner jumped back and yelped – but it didn’t take too long to recover.
The Nevada six-year-old hadn’t see his dad since June when Spc. Casey Hurles left for his second tour of duty in Iraq. When Hurles realized his leave would fall right in line with his son’s sixth birthday, he hatched a plan that’s been four months in the making. Returning home, he had to hide out at his parents’ house to make sure the surprise wouldn’t be ruined.
Watching little Gabriel burrow his face in his Dad’s chest, returning again and again for more hugs, might bring on the waterworks (it did for me), so grab the tissues before you watch!
Now isn’t that the best birthday present a kid could get?
Image/Source: Nevada Appeal