MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - Until Monday, Sgt. Mike Cowling hadn't seen his daughter in 8 months. The National Guardsman has been in Iraq and his daughter had no clue he'd be home so soon.
5-year-old Deja is a student at W.A. Young Elementary in Morganton. Her dad thought it would be cool to surprise her at school.
Deja lined up with all of her classmates, each one waving a small American flag. Everyone knew what was about to happen, except for Deja.
As Mike Cowling walked around the corner, flowers in hand, his daughter caught sight of him and grinned a little. Her teacher prodded her to go hug her Dad. Deja is shy, but not too shy to jump into her fathers arms and wrap her arms around his neck.
The Cowlings say they're looking forward to getting back to normal. Mike says he's looking forward to spending some much-missed time with his kids.