TRENTON, DADE COUNTY (WRCB)- For one local elementary school student it was an early birthday surprise!
His principal and teachers at Dade Elementary School in Trenton helped his soldier mom surprise her son.
After six months, Army Specialist Stacy Redd is home from Afghanistan. Her four-year-old son Daniel is in Pre-K at Dade Elementary School and on Thursday, it was all hugs and smiles.
Four year-old Daniel Redd and his Pre-K class filled the gym for what they thought was a special dance performance from a group of third graders. He was even picked out the crowd to join in when all of the sudden a big surprise walked to the door.
"It was kind of a surprise for me too," says Redd.
Army Specialist Stacy Redd has been in Afghanistan for the past six months. She says it was a struggle each day she was gone being so far away from home, family and especially Daniel.
"It's hard. Because you leave life behind. Life goes on without you," says Redd.
With Daniel turning five on December 14, the homecoming surprise could not come at a better time.
"He means the world to me. He's my heart," says Redd.
While his mom has been away, Daniel has been living with his grandparents. They helped plan the big reunion.
"He missed his mom a lot. That's his world, his mother. He's got her picture up above his dresser and tells her goodnight every night. And when he wakes up in the morning, he tells her good morning," says Jackie Kiernan, Daniel's grandmother.
"The look of shock on is face is just priceless," says Paul Kiernan, Daniel's grandfather.
For Stacy, it is a chance to catch up and smother her son with hugs and love.
"I'm just glad to be home and glad to have him in my arms," says Redd.
Stacy will be home for 15 days, then it is back to Afghanistan for another six month deployment.
In the meantime, they have lots of planning to do for a big birthday party and Daniel has already insisted on a mandatory trip to Chuck E. Cheese.