Skip to comments.Girl Opens Birthday Present, Finds Soldier Stepdad Inside
Posted on 03/19/2008 12:13:49 PM PDT by Cagey
SANFORD, Mich. -- At her seventh birthday party, Amber Birdsall thought the huge gift box wrapped in pink paper likely hid a pair of bicycles.
She was wrong. Inside was something she wanted even more -- her stepfather, a soldier who had been deployed overseas.
"This is way better than bikes," Amber said.
The surprise began a few weeks ago when Amber told her inquiring mother that all she wanted for her birthday was to have her stepfather return home from serving 10 months in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Her mother, Trisha Johnson, 34, relayed Amber's wish to her 39-year-old husband the same day that the girl expressed it. Army Spc. Glenn Johnson immediately started on the paperwork, not expecting his request for a leave to be granted because he is scheduled to come home for good in June.
Much to their surprise, his request for more than a week of leave was granted.
The soldier's flight arrived in Flint, Mich., early Sunday afternoon and he was whisked away to Northern Lanes Recreation, a bowling alley in Sanford where his stepdaughter's birthday party was taking place.
Northern Lanes employees were in on the ruse and kept him hidden in the bar.
When Amber and her 9-year-old sister, Kathy Birdsall, opened a colorfully wrapped refrigerator box, Glenn Johnson was inside.
In addition to spending a lot of time at home with his family, Glenn Johnson and his wife planned a late celebration of their five-year wedding anniversary, which was on Valentine's Day.
"I told her she needs to get a baby sitter and a new outfit," he said. "I'll take care of the rest."
I was relieved to read past the headline and learn that the stepfather was still alive.
What a heart-warming story! Love it!
Thank heavens he didn’t hide in a piñata.
Awwwwwwwwww.....[wiping away tear]
>>I was relieved to read past the headline and learn that the stepfather was still alive.<<
I’m so glad I wasn’t the only person to think that...
“Usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet someone of your stature...”
“I told her she needs to get a baby sitter and a new outfit,” he said. “I’ll take care of the rest.”
Hot Dang, now there’s a MAN!! OOOh, and a good daddy too... congratulations to this little girl’s mother on finding such a wonderful man for her family. Welcome home, Soldier!
And, I always thought it was Roller Rinks.
We need more these types of stories.
We, this nation half full of democrat liberals constantly trashing the honorable military, don’t deserve these men ...
This story may be on the Today show.
Good job soldier!
Is there a video link to this great story?
[She was wrong. Inside was something she wanted even more -- her stepfather, a soldier who had been deployed overseas.
"This is way better than bikes," Amber said.]
The Waskley wabbit writer has us thinking that there's something horribly "Amiss with Amber." ;-)
Great story. Thanks for sharing it, Cagey. :-)
I hate stories like this. The monitor always seems to get defective
I would love to read a story on here and “NOT” here the words democrats, Clinton, Osama-Bama, McCain, mentioned.......................period
Perhaps the media is right, we may have overstayed our welcome.
Well then, here’s a handy screen cleaner:
Better Than Bikes.
just pure joy.....
What a heart-warming story. Thanks for posting it.
I can’t get mine to clear up either. ;-p
Great story, great pics! Thank you both.
A touching story! Prayers for their continued happiness.
What a heart-warming story!
Picture of the year.
While it is likely true that the 'new Castro' probably really doesn't want us there, I suspect the Cuban people find it reassuring in many respects.
Thanks for making my day!
LOL Same here.
There are so many. I'm fortunate to know a lot of them personally.
Like the female Army Major here who has four little girls at home with her husband. She got her leave right at Christmas. She didn't tell her girls...she surprised them on Christmas Eve.
And the Lt. Col. I work with who went home on his leave and surprised his teenage daughter at her track meet. He and his wife had kept it secret that he was coming home.
I could go on and on and I get choked up every time one of them tells me one of these stories.
Very nice story, thanks for posting it.
This one from last year still tears me up:
A friend of mine has a great story. The crux of it was that he got to come home a couple weeks early and got to surprise his little girls when they came home from school. He tried to surprise his wife but she noticed he used a credit card the day before he arrived home and realized he was in the States.
If there were ever a country ripe for nation-building with a virtual army of repatriates, skilled, wealthy and rarin’ to go, Cuba is it.
That did something to me. That little boy understands all too well already what it means to be a man. So sad.
Great, now I feel like a fag, because I watched that and I totally teared up. I was far too young to remember my father returning from Vietnam, but I hope I reacted like this little boy did.
Recently I had the great honor of watching my brother return home from Iraq . . . and seeing his wife & daughters run out on the tarmac to join him at his F/A-18 was, as the commercial says, priceless.
Thanks for posting the link to this vid. Go Navy.
Thanks! I remember that one well, it’s very touching.
Awwwwwww. How sweet.
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