Soldier surprises daughter with homecoming - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/24/09

Soldier surprises daughter with homecoming

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - War is tough on soldiers and their families. It means a lot of time apart, but it also makes these families appreciate the time they have together. On Friday, one Lubbock man in the Navy got to leave the role of soldier behind and pick up where he left off, as a father.

Kiersten Fisher sat at her desk in first grade, working on a math worksheet, just like any other day. What she didn't know is right outside her father Steven Fisher waited to greet her. "I'm excited. It's been a long time," he said. 

Fisher left almost a year ago, and just got home from serving in the Navy in Iraq. Kiersten thought he wouldn't come home until this summer, but at school Friday afternoon, he walked up right behind her.

At first, Kiersten didn't recognize her dad. "The last time I saw him he had a beard, and now he doesn't," she explained. When she did recognize him, she didn't believe it. "I thought I was dreaming," she said. Now she knows it's real.

Classmates, teachers, and family members watched the surprise reunion, but for Kiersten there was no one in the room but her and daddy. She couldn't get enough hugs, and proudly introduced him to the class.

Fisher says he's glad to be home to watch his little girl grow up. "She's gotten bigger. She's gotten heavier. She's still the same girl though - still smart, still sweet," he said looking lovingly at his daughter. 

Kiersten got to leave school early to go home with her dad. Her teacher said her worksheet could wait until Monday.

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