Operation Welcome Home
Army mom surprises daughters with school visit
By Alastair Lee Bitsóí
TOHATCHI, N.M. , Jan. 16, 2014
(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)
It was set up that way until their mother, Army Sgt. Leilani Henry, walked through the doors of the music class to surprise her daughters with her visit, a welcome home for the Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom veteran.
As soon as music teacher Jessica Maynerich said, “I want to see all kindergarteners looking at me," Henry walked into the classroom.
Unsure that the woman with short hair and dressed in military garb was their mother, the two girls had to take a moment to digest their shock, before they ran toward and embraced their mother in an emotional exchange of hugs, kisses and tears.
“Ya'at'eeh! Welcome home!" shouted Miska's and Dean's classmates in unison.
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