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Military mom surprises son before the holidays

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Posted at 10:41 PM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-02 22:41:33-05

RANCHO CORDOVA, Cali. --One little boy at St. John Vianney School got everything he wanted for the holidays: his mother came home.

Until she came through the school gymnasium doors Tuesday morning Sharlene Gallardo was serving in the Middle East, and hadn’t seen her son Gabriel in over nine months.

"I couldn’t keep a straight face; I just wanted to see him,” said mother, wife and soldier Gallardo, with tears of joy.

She stood behind a door waiting to surprise her four-year-old son. In the gym, the principal spoke of heroes.

Little did Gabriel know, the hero she was talking about was his very own mother. His mother walked in, with her finger over her lips as she crept up in sight of Gabriel.

She walked up to him with open arms which closed firmly around him as he jumped up to meet her.

”I want to stay with my mommy," he said.

Gabriel has been staying with his grandparents while his parents are gone. His dad serves with the Navy Seals.

Gabriel will get his wish for at least a while, as his mom will be home for ten days, then leave as his dad makes it home for Christmas, reported FOX 40.