Not long before Halloween, a friend of mine took me shopping for costumes. I was disappointed because my husband, Chris, wasn’t going to be back from Afghanistan for the Halloween party at Disney World we’d been planning to go to the next week.
Chris is in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and was 12 months into his third deployment. Our daughter, Kaylinn, is three, and of her three years, her dad has been deployed for a total of 24 months.
One thing that has kept us sane during the long separation is our tradition of attending all the Family Nights at our Mt. Dora Chick-fil-A in Mt. Dora, Fla. I’ve become good friends with several of the people who work there. Everybody has gotten to know me because I eat there almost every day — especially for breakfast. When Chris comes home on leave, our first meal is almost always at the Chick-fil-A — in fact, it was our first meal right after we got married!
As I was shopping with my friend, I thought we should end the day at Chick-fil-A, since that was like comfort food for me.
I ordered our food, sat down — joining my parents and Kaylinn who met us there — and when I turned around, there was Chris, carrying our trays to our table. My dad had worked with Kevin, the Chick-fil-A Operator, to organize the surprise and plant videographers around us to capture the moment. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see him again, but you can watch the video and see for yourself!
Chick-fil-A is the most natural place for them to plan a surprise because it’s the most normal spot for me to be — nothing was out of the ordinary that night. Kevin and his team were so excited to help facilitate this one of a kind homecoming!
Chick-fil-A means so much to me. Thank you for having a very wonderful company, and if you see Truett Cathy, tell him thank you for making delicious fast food! (I seriously do not eat anywhere else!)