Military Dad Couldn't Attend His Daughter's Cheerleading Performance And A Student Steps In
Rachel Sebastian 3/14/2017
When a parent is serving in the Army, many miles away from his or her family, it can be hard for everyone. There is no question their kids miss their parents greatly and wish they would be able to make it home for dinner every night.
They especially miss their Army parent when they aren't able to make it to important school events. That absence is felt even more so at those heartbreaking times.
Children of military families are taught that what their parent is doing is crucial to maintain the freedoms that Americans enjoy. They are educated about how important their parent's job is to protect others overseas, wherever they may be stationed.
But that still doesn't always ease the trepidation and sadness when a loved one is gone. Birthdays, Christmases, school concerts and games, even the joyous birth of a child can all be missed when a parent is serving far away from home.
So when nine-year-old Addie Rodriguez was cheering on the sideline at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas, she was devastated that her dad wasn't there. Addie belonged to a youth cheer team and she loved it very much.
Her dad had missed all of her cheerleading performances, not to mention other events important to her like school concerts. He was unable to be around to tuck her in bed, to hug her, to tell her he loved her.
At that moment, Addie felt her dad’s absence tremendously. They were being allowed to cheer on the sidelines and it was a big deal.
That’s because for this performance, her cheer team had incorporated the dads of the cheerleaders into one of their routines. But Addie’s dad was noticeably absent and with good reason.
The cheerleaders were finally being allowed to cheer on the sidelines and it was a big deal. For this performance, her cheer team had incorporated the dads of the cheerleaders into one of their routines.
In the routine, the dads would lift their daughters up on their shoulders. Since Addie's father, Senior Airman Michael Locklear, is an active military member and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, he was unable to make it to Addie's performance.
That’s because he had been deployed to California the day before. Addie felt his absence even more so at that very moment when every other girl had a dad with her and she didn’t.
While Addie's mom was sitting up in the stands, watching Addie's every move, she noticed that Addie was struggling. She was the only cheerleader there without a dad.
Addie’s mom knew what her little girl was feeling. She, too, missed their favorite soldier.
But Addie’s mom’s heart was breaking for her little girl. She knew how important it was for Addie to cheer with her team on the sidelines and perform this special routine with their dads.
But while Addie and her team were performing, one unsuspecting person also noticed that Addie's dad wasn't there to lift her up. This good samaritan noticed the void behind Addie where her dad should have been.
This particular spectator wasn’t about to sit idly by. That's when he jumps over the stadium's gate and onto the field!
No one anticipated a total stranger to be so kindhearted and thoughtful, to help Addie out when she needed a partner on the field and emotional support at that trying moment.
Thankfully, his generosity was captured on camera and shared via social media so that all of us could see his compassionate act carried out just for Addie’s sake. It’s truly a heartwarming story.
Watch the video and see what this stranger did for Addie during her cheerleading performance!