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The Best Birthday Present Ever

By Wyatt Earp | January 30, 2009

gift-boxDid you ever really want a present for your birthday, and when the big day came, you finally got it? Well, this present beats almost anything you could imagine.

Read this story and try to not get emotional. Go ahead. I triple dog dare ya.

DAYTON, Nev. – Gabriel Hurles’ sixth birthday party wasn’t a surprise but his present sure was. The kindergartner was so engrossed in the cupcakes his mother brought to his class on Wednesday that he didn’t notice the enormous wrapped box off to the side. “That’s one big giant present,” a 6-year-old classmate told him. “See what you got, Gabriel.”

Gabriel peeled back the wrapping paper to find the surprise of his young life — his father, an Army mechanic back in Nevada on leave from his second tour in Iraq.

“It’s my dad!” he told his classmates at Sutro Elementary School in Dayton a few miles northeast of Carson City. “Hi daddy.”

Army Spc. Casey Hurles, 23, hadn’t seen his son since he left in June. When he learned his leave would coincide with his son’s birthday, he hatched the plan to hide out in the 4-foot tall box. (H/T – )

What can I possibly add to that? I told ya: best birthday present . . . ever!

Topics: The Troops | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “The Best Birthday Present Ever”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Yep, that works! Good on the school for helping make it a reality.

  2. Snigs Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Definitely! Thanks for a post that made me smile from deep inside Wyatt.

  3. RT Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    How sweet and, yes…best present ever!

  4. Jeffro Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Now that was cool, I don’t care who ya are.

  5. Easily Lost Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Awwww, that is so sweet.

  6. mindy1 Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    awww too cute

  7. Rick Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Wow what a great and touching story.

  8. Morgan Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Now that’s a present little Gabriel will never forget.

  9. Ky Person Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 6:01 am

    I’ve seen several stories like this. They never fail to make me tear up and smile.

  10. momster Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I love stories like that.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Yep, it’s pretty cool, and great of the school to allow it.