Military Dad Leaves Hershey's "Goodnight" Kisses for His Son During Deployment
Deployment can be hard on the whole family, especially the children who miss out on having a parent around for an extended period of time. Air Force Maj. Steve Dillenburger didn't want his three-year-old son Sean to forget how much he loved him. So Dillenburger found a way to give Sean a kiss goodnight every night while he was deployed — by leaving him a jar of 190 Hershey's Kisses, one for each night, an idea he'd gotten from a colleague in the military.
"It was just something sweet at the end of the night and a reminder that (Steve) was thinking about him and loves him,'' Mary Ellen Dillenburger, Sean's mom, told TODAY.
Every night, Sean would eat a Hershey's kiss, brush his teeth and then go to bed with his dad on his mind. The jar of kisses even traveled with Sean on vacation to four states during his dad's deployment, from April 17 to Oct. 25, that way Sean never missed a kiss.
The jar of kisses also served as a countdown for Sean, for the day when he would get that real kiss goodnight, which he finally did on October 25, when his dad returned home to Annandale, Virginia after serving in Kuwait. "It was really sweet," Mary Ellen said. "I was excited to see my son run out there, so I kind of hung back a little bit and watched how excited and how happy he was to have daddy home finally."
We are so happy to see father and son reunited in this adorable video along with wife Mary Ellen and their one-year-old daughter Ann Marie, who was too young to eat her own Hershey's Kisses.
Posted by Good Housekeeping