Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Ultimate Surprise

Surprises are so exciting, but this one really takes the cake. Thursday I had written my good friend, Bernadette and in closing, told her to have an awesome day! Bernadette is Chris’ friend and old housemate in Georgia, Nick’s mom. And remember, Nick deployed with Chris and is at FOB Hammer. Well, that’s exactly what happened…she had the most awesome day of her life! Her day started out as a pretty routine day. She had gone to the Post Office to mail Nick a Valentines package and had returned home and was doing some dishes.

She heard something out in the driveway so she looked out the window. She saw a car in the driveway that she didn’t recognize but saw a tall, thin man wearing a black Stetson hat and carrying some roses. Her first thought was that it looked a lot like Nick but then she realized that was impossible because Nick was in Iraq. She didn’t know what to make of the situation!

Then, she realized it was her son! Oh my goodness…he was actually there in real life. She had to pinch him to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. Needless to say, she was so excited, she could hardly stand it.

All along, Bernadette had been prepared that Nick was not going to get his R&R due to the fact that he had changed jobs and the slots were all used up. Both Nick and his family had accepted that and moved on to looking forward to the redeployment. Well, about a month ago, things changed and Nick was able to start planning his surprise visit.

Nick is doing good and I’m sure he’s enjoying every minute of being in the United States. I know when Chris returned to COP Cashe he really realized how great things are in the US and how appreciative he was of everything he has!

Welcome home, Nick and congratulations on pulling off the ULTIMATE SURPRISE!


Anonymous said...

What a great heartwarming story! I know Bernadette was over the moon! Glad he finally got the well deserved R&R.

Lidia PAM of Anthony

Anonymous said...

We picked my son up yesterday morning. It rook him 5 days to get from COP Salie to here. He is with the 1/10 FA at FOB hammer. He gave us good news that they are actually coming home a month earlym in May.

On the way home we stopped at a Cracker Barrel for breakfast. They made a big fuss over him just coming in from Iraq. They comped his meal, gave him a gift card and announced it all on their PA system. Everyone in the restaurant cheered him and several came by and thanked him for his service.

Lou Costello
Mableton, Ga