GAINESVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – The St. Mary’s Catholic School’s kindergarten class in Gainesville was performing a presentation about American symbols Friday morning. Lined up in a semi-circle on a small stage in the gym, each student held a bit of poster board with a picture on it.
“This is the capitol,” one child said as she held up a picture of the U.S. Capitol Building. “This is where the make laws.”
5-year old Cody Prescher’s part was to talk about his mom, a U.S. Army mechanic deployed in Iraq and Kuwait.
“This is my mom, Monica Prescher,” Cody said as he held up a poster with several photographs of a woman dressed in desert camouflage. “She’s in Kuwait fighting for our country’s freedom.”
Cody was the last in class to speak and thought the presentation is over. But there was a surprise ending to the show he didn’t know about.
After eight months in Iraq and Kuwait, Master Sergeant Monica Prescher was home on R-and-R. As the crowd applauded and Cody returned to position on stage, Msgt. Prescher strode out from a kitchen on the side of the gym and toward the stage wearing her camouflage uniform. Cody dropped his poster and wrapped his arms around his mom’s neck as she lifted him off the stage.
“Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” Cody exclaimed repeatedly as he buried his head into Prescher’s shoulder. “I surprised you didn’t I?” Prescher asked with tears in her eyes.
She wasn’t the only one crying. Dozens of people had turned out for the presentation and the reunion and many wiped their eyes with tissues. “I just wanted to get him in my arms and hold him,” Prescher said.
A few minutes later a family member brought up Prescher’s second son, who is about to turn two years old.
“Hey!” Prescher smiled as she kissed him. “What’s going on? How are you? My two boys! Its just awesome. Unbelievable. It’s so good to be back in America with family and friends.”
Prescher will have to return to Kuwait in two weeks to finish the last four months of her tour. “I told everybody over there in Kuwait I’m just going to grab them for two weeks and not let go,” Prescher said as she looked at her two sons seated next to her. “They’ll get tired of it.”
“But I won’t!” Cody said emphatically as he threw his arms around his mother again. “Good! You better not get tired of me,” Prescher said as she returned his hug.
There will be one more reunion when Prescher returns from Kuwait, but there won’t be any more long goodbyes. Prescher will retire on December 31 of this year after 20-years of service in the Army. She plans on getting a job that allows her to spend a lot more time with her boys.
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