Dad's surprise homecoming leaves young daughter in tears

January 09, 2018 04:29 PM

CLIFTON PARK – There wasn't a dry eye in the house Tuesday morning in Clifton Park, when a soldier who had been deployed to the Middle East gave his young daughter a big surprise.

Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Paul Plamondon deployed to Kuwait last February, creating a really hard goodbye for his then 6-year-old daughter, Natalie. She wasn't expecting him home for another three weeks. She was very surprised when he showed up at her school Tuesday morning.


Young Natalie -- now 7 years old -- was attending morning program at Okte Elementary School in Clifton Park.

Her first surprise was that her mom, Valerie, was the mystery reader and Natalie was invited to join her to read the book "Hero Dad."

When they finished the story, Natalie's hero, her dad, appeared at the back of the auditorium.

"I missed her birthday, every special holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, all of her ballet recitals, everything like that. Even though I saw pictures, it still wasn't the same," explained Plamondon.

"We had to warn everyone, 'Please be careful what you say,'" explained Valerie Plamondon. "We don't want to spoil the surprise, because she is very quick at figuring things out."

Natalie did not let go of her dad and she's already making plans for all the fun things they're going to do together.

An Army reservist, Lt. Colonel Plamondon has at least two years before he can be deployed again. In his words, he's not going anywhere for a while.


WNYT Staff

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