Navy dad back from deployment pretends to be waiter to surprise his sons

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(WCMH) — An 8-year-old boy and his younger brother couldn’t hold back their tears when they realized their waiter was actually their Navy dad, who had returned home from service.

3rd Class Petty Officer Roberto Tapiador was helping waitresses at a restaurant when his sons, Giancarlo, 8, and Jonah, 4, spotted him. In a video of their reunion, Giancarlo begins to cry.

“He’s very emotional,” his mom AnnaLyn Alfanso, of California, told

Alfanso’s husband had been deployed in Djibouti in Africa for the last nine months, and each time her sons have a school performance or presentation, they are disappointed their dad can’t attend.

“Me skipping, missing my boys’ birthdays, it’s bad enough,” Tapiador told KPIX.

When Thanksgiving came and went, Giancarlo asked his mom when their dad would return, and when Alfanso said she didn’t know, the 8-year-old prayed for his return on Christmas.

Days before the big day, Tapiador called home to let his wife know he would be coming home.

“He prayed every day [for him] to come home for Christmas,” Alfanso said. “It’s a miracle.”

She said they enjoyed Christmas Day with family and plan to spend several more months together before Tapiador returns to service.Grab the FREE WDTN News App for iPhone or Android. Stay up to date with all the local news, weather and sports as well as live newscasts and events as they happen. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news, weather and sports.

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