Every now and then, you’ll hear some good news. I love this story by fellow LEX 18 News reporter, Josh Breslow. LEX 18 employee, Kim Smith, is surprised at work when her daughter returns home from Afghanistan. Reporters, editors, photographers, producers, etc etc etc gathered in the newsroom to witness the moment. Tears were flowing, including from yours truly’s eyes.
It’s a great feel-good story.
—For families of those serving in the military, waiting for their loved ones to come home can be an exhausting experience. But sometimes, that homecoming happens when the family is least expecting it, and that was the case Wednesday for an LEX 18 employee.
Kim Smith, a sales administrative assistant at LEX 18, let the tears flow as she wrapped her arms around her daughter, Katelin, or the first time in more than a year.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all. It’s a wonderful surprise,” said Smith. “A wonderful surprise.”
The reunion inside the LEX 18 newsroom was made even more special because Katelin, who just finished a year-long tour in Afghanistan driving Humvees and recovery vehicles, was able to sneak in and wait for her mom to turn the corner.
“I almost dropped my glasses,” said Kim Smith. “And I gasped for breath and I just couldn’t believe it.”
“I was overwhelmed because she was overwhelmed,” said Katelin Smith. “I started crying because she started crying. And, I’m happy!”
It was the end of a long year for Kim Smith, who said she spoke often over Skype with her daughter, but it just wasn’t the same.
“It’s been the longest year of my life,” said Kim Smith. “Very stressful, filled with worries. You just wait with bated breath, just waiting to get that phone call, ‘Mom, I’m back!”
In this case, a phone call just wouldn’t have been the same.