An Air Force daughter on the phone with her mom asked her to check the front porch for a package – only to be waiting on the doorstep to surprise her.
On the front step of her family home in Crestline, Ohio, Rylee Gregson, 19, called her mom Rhonda Gregson who she knew was inside.
Rylee said she had seen many surprise military reunions online, and having cried at a number of them, she wanted to give mother and “best friend” Rhonda, 51, a similar experience.
She had been at tech school for a couple of months but due to the coronavirus outbreak was told she could head home early.
So after having her brother and cousin pick her up, a nervous Rylee, dressed in full military attire, headed home without knowing whether Rhonda had already caught on.
But when her mother opened the door, on March 20, 2020, expecting to collect a package that Rylee said was waiting for her, all of those worries went away.
Rhonda began screaming and shaking hysterically before jumping forward to grab her daughter.
Rylee later shared the video online receiving millions of views and an outpouring of positive comments.
Rylee said: “I wanted to surprise her because I have always watched military homecomings and cried about them, so I wanted my mom to feel as happy as they do in the videos.
“Honestly, I felt nervous, I didn’t know if she caught on or I didn’t know if she wouldn’t be as excited as I was, but she obviously was.
“When she reacted that way I honestly felt so loved – I had never witnessed anybody that excited to see me.
“I know it seems like spending time with your family can be boring or sometimes it’s way too much, but when we military people are away, all we want to do is to be with our family.”
Story courtesy of T&T Creative Media