Preschooler sharing Daddy Doll with class gets surprised by real Airman dad

A boy who brought his military ‘daddy doll’ to show his friends at daycare was left stunned when his real dad walked in to surprise him after returning from a year-long deployment. Three-year-old Tatum decided to bring his Daddy Doll of his father to his daycare center in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was invited up in front of his peers to show and explain the toy.

With the help of his teacher, Kayla Johnson, a shy Tatum was asked to explain who the doll was of and, with the help of his classmates, it was revealed that the soldier was his dad, Michael Broderick, 40. Michael had been on a year-long deployment with the US Air Force at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey from December 2018 until December 2019.

In front of his class, Tatum was then asked by Ms. Johnson if he knew when his father was going to be home, and if he missed him. Finally, Tatum was asked what he would do if he saw his father right at that very moment, to which he confirmed he would give him a “big squeeze.”

In the corner of the room the fire exit door flung open, and in walked a delighted Michael into the Kids First Daycare Center. A shocked Tatum immediately rose to his feet, running over to his father to give him a big hug.

According to his mom Brittany, 35, the deployment had been tough on Tatum and many nights he would cry because he wanted his father. That was one of the reason’s the family purchased the Daddy Doll as it helped Tatum cope with the absence of his father.

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