BAYONNE - A little girl from Bayonne and her military mom received the perfect Christmas gifts this afternoon – each other.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jamie Dederding surprised her 6-year-old daughter Jalyn by secretly showing up at her school holiday concert. Dederding had not seen her daughter in seven months while she was deployed to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf.
Unaware that her mom had sneaked into the back of the school, Jalyn was asked what she wanted for Christmas. The girl replied, “My mom.”
Jalyn was asked to turn around and look, and when she did, Jalyn excitedly jumped to embrace her mother amid cheers and applause from the audience.
Mom and daughter will enjoy one special week together for Christmas. After that, Dederding will then report back to duty aboard the USS Eisenhower.