This is so Cute ? even the Dolphins were so Helpful and cooperative ?❤ It was a really awesome moment. At these dolphin shows the dolphins splash the crowd at the end, the soldier and his family got soaked.
Since her dad’s military deployment began in October, 12-year-old Kristi Flury has been missing him like crazy, crying on her birthday and at her cheer competitions because it felt like a part of her was missing.
So when her mom fulfilled her wish for a surprise reunion with her dad, which came during the dolphin show at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago last week, Kristi took off running and joyfully leaped into his arms. As they embraced, the rest of the world seemed to slip away during the teary reunion that brought a cheering crowd to its feet.
Kristi’s mom, April Flury, had arranged for her and her daughter to be chosen as volunteers during the dolphin show just before the big dad reveal. Josh was nervous as he waited backstage. But everything changed when his name was announced and he saw the wide-eyed look on Kristi’s face.
In his dress uniform, including leather shoes with no traction, the 6-foot-2 Flury braced himself to keep from falling.
April and Josh Flury, who divorced when their only child was 8, say they co-parent very well together. April arranged the surprise for her daughter “because of the nights that she would cry herself to sleep missing him” on holidays, her birthday and when she made the honor roll.
Kristi had been sad that her dad’s deployment to Kuwait had been extended to Aug. 15, the day before she starts seventh grade. But after April learned that the extension was canceled and he would return at the end of July, she arranged for the zoo reunion on Aug. 3. Kristi had thought that she and her mom were having a regular mother-daughter day.