Little Girl Was Expecting Cookies But She Got This Instead
FaithTap Staff 2/11/2019
Soldiers have a tough job. Not only do they have to put their lives on the line, they have to do it away from their loved ones. Many soldiers don't see their families, lovers, and friends for months on end. Some of them miss important milestones in the lives of their friends and families.
One little girl's father had been deployed, and she missed him terribly. Her father sent over a surprise for her, though. And when she opened the present, the little girl was overjoyed. It wasn't what she expected. It was better.
Maci's father was a soldier and when he was deployed she struggled without his presence. She was very close with her dad, so much so that she had to sleep with a stuffed toy called her "Daddy Doll." Because she missed her father so much, she needed the doll to keep her nightmares at bay.
One day, her mother called her to the living room, saying there was a surprise waiting for her. Maci, dressed in a simple pink dress, was barefoot. She had her Daddy Doll cradled in one arm, with her blond hair tied in a small bun on her head. She looked like she had just rolled out of bed, but when her mother said there was a surprise waiting for her, Maci couldn't contain her excitement.
When her mother asked her what surprise she was going to get, the little girl said she was getting cookies. Her mother didn't dispute her claim. Instead, she said that the surprise came from Daddy and that it was waiting out the door.
At first, Maci was walking around the living room, looking for the surprise. Then, her mother told her to open the door to see her present. When the door was opened, Maci excitedly ran down the steps. A huge box waited for her outside the door.
To Maci, it was just a big box of cookies. Then, her mother asked to unwrap it. The little girl didn't know where to begin! So, her mother helped her rip off the wrapping. Then, she told Maci:
"Can you knock on it? Say 'Cookies.'"
So, that's what Maci did. She knocked on the present--and lo and behold, it was her father! Dressed in his combat fatigues, Maci's father opened one of the panels of the box and greeted his daughter, who screamed and fell on her butt.
But Maci was ecstatic. Then, she ran to her father, who picked her up and gave her a big, warm hug. When asked if she liked the surprise, Maci eagerly said yes.
Even though she didn't get her cookies, she got something better--her father.