News 12 at 6 o' clock/ March 7, 2014
AIKEN, S.C.--It felt like a normal Friday for the 3rd grade class at South Aiken Baptist Christian School, as they listened to a story about stars in the library.
Each child was given a star cut out of construction paper. At the end of the story, the teacher told the students to close their eyes and imagine a person they'd like to give their star to.
Joseph Moss says, "I just sat back and shut my eyes like they said."
But little did he know, his wish was about to come true. His dad came home early from Afghanistan, and Joseph had no idea he would be walking through the doors of his school.
His dad, Staff Sergeant Joseph Moss could hardly wait to see his little boy. He says, "I was excited. I haven't seen him in close to about a year."
And, when you're in 3rd grade, a year can seem like a lifetime.
Joseph Jr. says, "It's been a little tough for me."
Before Sgt. Moss left, the kids got to ask him questions about life overseas. They asked everything from 'What did you eat?', to 'How many push-ups can you do?'
As they rushed out to start their first weekend together in a long time, both Joseph Jr. and Sr. say they're eager to make up for lost time.
"Playing football, basketball, helping with his homework," SSG Moss says.
"Me and him are going to play my xbox," Joseph says.