Reunions
Mom thinks she’s standing in waiting room for work meeting until Marine son walks in
The Corporal said, "my mom and I have faced a lot of things. We've done a lot of things together. And our bond is inseparable." 💘
Elijah Chan
11.07.22

Constantly being in a hostile environment isn’t the most difficult part of being a soldier.

Soldiers often find themselves in the most hostile situations and in the most unforgiving terrain.

This is bearable, however, because every soldier is trained for this.

They’re not trained for missing mom.

The difficult part is being away from friends and family for long periods of time, with the hanging sense of dread that the last time you saw them will be the last time.

Seeing them again means everything.

It’s been more than a year since Marine Corporal Trent Lessard saw his mother.

They both remember that last time vividly because it was during Corporal Lessard’s wedding day.

After that, it was a whirlwind of life-changing events, most notably the ravaging of the pandemic.

As people were boxed into their homes and the unknow drove invisible barriers between countries, Corporal Lessard had a hard time making his way back home.

At that point, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever see his family again.

Then, he got the good news.

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YouTube Screenshot - Militarykind

Against all odds, Corporal Lessard’s request to go home was granted.

Sensing a great opportunity, however, Corporal Lessard didn’t say a word to his family about it.

He kept the news to himself.

He wanted to sneak up on his mom and surprise her with an overdue homecoming.

To make all of this possible, he contacted his mother’s workplace and connived with her co-workers.

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YouTube Screenshot - Militarykind

They called her to a “meeting”.

Cindy, his mom, was standing inside the office when a marine walked into the room.

He had his mask on but it only took a moment before Cindy realized who the marine was and broke down in tears.

It was a moment she knew was only possible on TV, and yet, she was living her own surprise homecoming.

“It’s just you read about this or see it, but you never think it’s going to happen to you,” says Cindy, as quoted by USA Today. “So when it did, I was like blown away. I was crying. I was so excited, so excited to see him.”

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YouTube Screenshot - Militarykind

They share a special bond.

While other children are lucky to live with their biological mothers, it was not the same with the marine.

Cindy and her first husband were heartbroken when they learned that they were unable to conceive.

Then, on one fateful day, a pregnant woman walked into the clinic where Cindy was working.

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YouTube Screenshot - Militarykind

She was looking for prospective parents for her child as she was giving him up for adoption.

But just when they thought it was the answer to their prayers, life hit them with a curveball once more.

Cindy’s husband passed away.

It happened before they could even adopt Corporal Lessard.

Besides the pain of losing a loved one, Cindy also had to wrestle with the complications of the adoption process as she now had to apply as a single mother.

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YouTube Screenshot - Militarykind

The process took years and after half a decade, Corporal Lessard was finally home with Cindy.

Cindy has always supported Corporal Lessard.

He said that he had always wanted to get into the military since he was a teenager.

And while Cindy knew what this entailed, she still supported her son.

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YouTube Screenshot - Militarykind

“My mom and I have faced a lot of things. We’ve done a lot of things together. And our bond is inseparable,” said the corporal. And we’re glad to see you home.

See Cindy lay eyes on her favorite Corporal for the first time in a year in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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