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There are a lot of awesome parts of being in a military family, but it comes with a lot of hard challenges, especially when it comes to the holidays. Working in the military means missing a lot of important days in your family's life that you wish you could be there for — and it's not much easier for the ones missing their soldier at home, either. The one upside is that it makes the quality time you do get to spend together that much more special.
Knowing this is part of the reason watching videos of military members reuniting with their families can be such an emotional experience. And after watching this one on TikTok now that the holiday season is upon us, we can't help but tear up.
This man thought he was just joining his family in a restaurant for dinner, but then someone walked up behind him... and it was his son in uniform. After seeing his reaction, we have to believe he had no idea that him coming home for the holidays was even a possibility. The way he practically jumped out of his skin on the way to hug him was just too much!
This man actually lifted his full grown son off the ground, he was so excited. This is love, y'all. We imagine there wasn't a dry eye in the place that day!
Commenters on the video were so touched by this reunion, writing that it looked like that hug was something Dad really needed.
"That grabbing a hold of his uniform was him checking if he was real. That makes it hit harder," one person wrote.
We have a feeling this is going to be a very memorable Christmas for this family.
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