Soldier Surprises Son with Homecoming

She had been away for eight months

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    A Chicago boy received a very special and unexpected visitor at school on Tuesday-- his mother who has been serving over seas.

    "I'm very excited I'm here," Army Spc. Francis Escobar said as she waited to surprise her son on her visit home from Afghanistan.  "And the school, I'm excited they made it possible to surprise Isaiah this way."

    Soldier Surprises Son with Homecoming

    [CHI] Soldier Surprises Son with Homecoming
    Isaiah Gonzalez, 10, received a very special and unexpected visitor at school on Tuesday-- his mother who has been serving over seas. Christian Farr reports. (Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012)

    Isaiah Gonzalez, 10,  thought he was just part of a Memorial Day presentation at Pastuer Elementary School. Then, his teacher asked questions about his mom and how he would feel if she walked into the room.

    Then Escobar walked in, camouflage-dressed teddy bear in hand, to greet the son she had not seen in eight months.

    The homecoming came as a surprise because Isaiah thought he still had a few weeks to go before he could see his mother.

    "My grandma told me she was coming, like in June," he said.  "She came the time that I really wanted her to come."

    Escobar, who also came home to surprise her younger son, Aiden, waited eagerly for this moment as well.

    "My days were just counting down, for this day to get home," she said.  "And hear the word, 'mom' and get hugs from them."

    She got those hugs--along with tears, at the start of a week long visit home, a visit she wants to make the most of.

    "Disney World, Universal Studios, whatever we can do in a week, we will do it," she said.

    Escobar says she is not headed back to Afghanistan any time soon, but is set to return to her base in Colorado at the end of this visit.