One year…365 days. It can go by fast, but “waiting for next year” can feel like an eternity.
The wait can seem especially long when you are waiting for your son to return home. A son whom you haven’t seen during that entire time.
Such was the plight of Rick and Judy Chandler. The Henderson, Kentucky, couple had last seen their son, Captain Chaplain Owen Chandler, in January 2016.
Unfortunately back on the home front, things weren’t going as well. Both of his parents have had health issues.
In fact just a week prior, Rick Chandler had been hospitalized. All of this made travel on them difficult.
So when Owen Chandler had time, he felt like a visit would be in order. A surprise visit.
Chandler knew he would need some help to pull this off, so he turned to the two people he knew he could trust, his mother’s sisters Pat Pryor and Sandy Hester. The two aunts devised the perfect plan.
Soon, the plan was set. The three sisters had a standing, monthly dinner where they could eat and talk and enjoy each other’s company.
Hester told Judy Chandler that the upcoming dinner would be special, because she had an “announcement.” Judy was intrigued. The stage was set.
On the appointed day, Chandler’s mother and father entered the back room of Rookie’s Sports Bar. As they did, confusion crossed their faces.
There in the dining area seemed to be everyone they had ever known. They took a few steps into the room and then it happened.
Chandler had been out of sight, just off to the side of the entranceway. He stepped out.
Chandler’s family stood behind him as the assembled crowd clapped and cheered. They cheered for the soldier but, perhaps, they cheered a little more for the display of love before them.
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