4-Year-Old Won’t Stop Hugging Military Dad After His Surprise Return

A Detroit preschooler got an early Christmas surprise Thursday when her father, Sgt. Sedale Benjamin, walked into her classroom.

When Nevaeh saw her dad, who had been stationed in Korea for a year, she ran to him, flung her arms around his neck and refused to let go, WJBK-TV reports.

“Daddy,” she said, over and over. “I missed you.”

The local Fox affiliate was on hand at Children’s Center Head Start Academy in Detroit to capture the reunion orchestrated by Benjamin’s wife.

The adorable 4-year-old seems like an absolute daddy’s girl, and, according to her family, has been wishing for her father’s return constantly. Benjamin’s mother Ramona Benjamin told WJBK that when Nevaeh sees airplanes overhead, after seeing him leave in one, she asks for her dad to come back.

“I really want to cry right now but I’m trying to hold it in,” Benjamin told WXYZ-TV after reuniting with his daughter. “I haven’t seen her for a whole year.”

He has 30 days leave and said he plans to spend the time doing whatever Nevaeh wants. She looks so happy to be in Benjamin’s arms, it’s hard to imagine her letting go of her dad for even a moment over the next month.