Soldier's Homecoming Surprise for His Kids at Kelsey Norman - KOAM TV 7

Soldier's Homecoming Surprise for His Kids at Kelsey Norman

Joplin, MO -

A soldier returns to Joplin after being away in Korea for eight months. Today, a surprise reunion with his kids at Kelsey Norman elementary.

It was just another day at school for Paynter Laub,  a second grader until  someone special  showed up at the classroom door. His dad.

"Hi, Paynter! Can i have a hug?” smiled Sgt. Aaron Laub. Paynter who was shocked later said, “When he got here, I was like, ‘No way! He’s here!"

They went as a family down the hall to the kindergarten classroom to surprise little brother Landyn.

"Who is that?” said his teacher. “Turn around.”

Landyn ran to his dad and jumped into a big hug.  Sgt. Laub embraced being home and the chance to be with his children.


Landyn exclaimed, "Dada back! I thought he was in Korea."

Sgt. Laub answered kindergartners questions about his job as an mp.
He said, “It’s just like a police officer there, but in the military."  
And in Paynter's classroom some students thanked him for serving our country  and hugged the man in uniform.  And  Paynter introduced some classmates. “Brayden and Sam are those two, and they’re kind of trouble makers." That brought a big laugh even from the boys.

Both Laub  boys are excited even if dad's home  just  for a  few weeks.
When asked what he wanted to do with dad, Landyn said, “um wrestle with him.”  Paynter added, “I would like to play with him, if he had time. And even if he wasn’t here, I would miss him."

Sgt. Laub said, "It’s always good to come home."  He joined the army following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles and said it was his time to serve. In his 7 years, he's had tours in Iraq coming home for just two weeks, Jordan for nine months with no leave and now, a year in Korea.

The Laubs say modern technology has made a big difference. They skype every night but it’s still not like being there.
Sgt. Laub said, "I missed Pyper's first steps, missed seeing them go to school for the first day,  just a lot of the firsts that you know most parents get to see, I missed."

His wife Janey said the toughest part of being a military wife is the separation. But added, "Then you get these homecomings and it makes it that much more sweeter. The separation isn’t that bad when you get to experience moments like this."

And despite being shocked to see his dad, Paynter commented, "I’m a little bit too happy that he's here."


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