A first grader in Mesquite got the surprise of her little life when her father, who's in the Navy, walked into her school and surprised her just in time for Christmas.
There wasn't a dry eye at Thompson Elementary School Friday morning.
Alyssia hadn't seen or heard from her dad, First Class Petty Officer Junior Finch, for months. He's been on a submarine.
She thought he would be home in three days, but her mom, Monique, fudged a little on the days for the surprise.
‘She's been talking about her dad being here in three days," said Monique. "She likes to do a countdown, so I had to throw her off. ‘When is Daddy coming?' ‘You still have three days, yes.'"
Alyssia and her family will have several weeks to enjoy each other before Dad heads back to his base.