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Little Girl Unwraps Best Gift Ever: Her Dad, Returning Home From Afghanistan

Military dad surprises daughter

Getting a giant present delivered to your front porch on your birthday is enough to make anyone freak out with excitement; nevermind a 3-year-old. And when a massive present showed up on her doorstep last September, little Bridget Carr knew there was something amazing inside.

She also knew a thing or two about the thrill of suspense. Ever-so-carefully, Bridget removed the big red bow and peeled back the ladybug and butterfly wrapping paper. Could it be a brand new bike? A Barbie Dream House? The possibilities were endless! But what turned out to be inside was way better than her wildest dreams.

Opening the top of the box, Bridget got the surprise of her life, when her dad, Joshua, who had been away on his second tour in Afghanistan, popped out. The look on her face, the tears of joy ... we just can't.

Watch for yourself:

According to the blog Stars and Stripes, Carr's mother wrapped the box up all pretty and cut the bottom out. "When I arrived at my parents' house (where my daughter lived while I was deployed), my mom placed the box over me as I crouched down," he explained. "The hardest part was holding the sides to keep the box from moving. I didn't want to shake the box too early and scare my daughter."

Looks like he did just fine, since the surprise went off without a hitch. Originally posted last September, it's been going viral in the days since President's Day. (Easy to see why.)

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