A baby waits to meet her dad for the very first time.
Army Specialist Cole Tesar returning to his family after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan had no idea his private homecoming would go global in hours because of the adorable sign his daughter, Harper, is holding.
The photo, posted on the WOWT 6 News Facebook page, has gone viral, garnering more than 1.5 million “likes” and 87,000 shares.
Tesar tells WOWT his family is grateful for the outpouring of support, and holding his daughter for the first time is like nothing he’s ever experienced.
“It is kind of different because it is my own baby; it is our own blood. It is definitely special, and it is a pretty good feeling.”
He says knowing Harper was waiting for him made all the difference. “Knowing that when it was all said and done, I would be with my family, I would be able to hold my baby for the first time, and be back with Logan and start a family.”