November 2 was just like another Friday at school for Kael Lancey when his class was visited by their mascot as they sang the national anthem.
However, the fifth-grader was in for a big surprise when he found out his mother, Sargeant Desiree Lancey, was the one under the costume.
As WKRG reports, Desiree came to the school to surprise her son after a year-long deployment in Kuwait.
The mom admitted to WKRG that she was both nervous and excited to see her son:
“My heart has been racing all morning. I have been so nervous.”
Desiree said being deployed and away from her children is hard, but getting to see Kael again makes it worth it:
“It’s hard being in the military, being away from them so much. But seeing his face, that just initial when I walked in and I saw his face I couldn’t breathe and I was so excited.”
And she couldn’t wait to get her hands on her son:
“I just kept saying, ‘There he is, there he is.’ I was ready to rip off that mascot head and go see him. He’s my world. Him and his sister are my world. His reaction was bigger than I thought it was going to be so that made it ever so bittersweet.”
Kael told WKRG that it feels great to have his mom back with him:
“I would’ve ran over everybody.”
Soon after being surprised by his mom’s return, the mother-son pair didn’t waste any time talking and catching up. Desiree told WKRG that she planned on surprising her daughter next.