Second Grader Gets Surprised with Dad's Return from Kuwait

Friday May 19, 2006 -- Posted at 11:44 p.m. CDT


PARAGOULD, AR -- There are many moms and dads who are serving our country overseas as the war on terror continues.


For a 2nd grader atGreene County Tech Primary School in Paragould, an early birthday present arrived Friday morning in the form of her father.


David Foster is back home with his family after serving five months in Kuwait.


“I just wanted everybody to see her getting to see me for the first time in a while.  We thought it would be a pretty neat idea,” said David Foster.


His return was kept a secret from his daughter Madison until the moment she saw him.


“I thought I was going to cry, and I did,” said Madison Foster.


“My heart was racing, about to sweat, and the whole nine yards.  It was great, it was unbelievable… I can’t describe it,” said David Foster.


Foster says being home with his family is what is most important.  This isn't Foster's first trip overseas, but he says it will be his last for a while.  He's just glad to be home.


“My family… just being home with my family.  I love them,” said Foster.


Those with the school were glad to be involved in the reunion.  Many of the 2nd graders in Madison's class have been writing to her dad while he's been overseas, including Madison.


“I’ve been writing him about my tooth that I lost, how I got on the honor roll, and stuff like that,” said Madison Foster.


“He represents our country and our nation’s freedom.  Of course, we talk about this a lot during our school day, and he’s kind of a hero for our children.  We wanted them to be able to see one of their heroes come home,” said Shelly Vance, Assistant Principal at Greene County Tech Primary School.


Friday was also the “fun day” at the Greene County Tech Primary School , where the kids got to spend the day playing games outside as the school year comes to a close.