Deployed army mom surprises children at Wichita schools

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Ariana Marcenaro was eating lunch at Stucky Middle School Tuesday when her grandfather motioned her towards him.

Then suddenly her mother, Sorrina Gonzalez, stepped around the corner and surprised her. Ariana screamed with joy as she embraced her mom.

Sorrina Gonzalez is a Staff Sergeant in the Army Reserves. Gonzalez was away for 11 months including a seven-month deployment to Kuwait. "I have been waiting for so long to just hold my kids," she told KAKE News.

"I just ran towards her and I was hugging her," Ariana said. "She tried talking to me and I didn't want to say anything. I just wanted to hug her."

A short time later at Chisholm Trail Elementary School, 8-year-old second-grader Atticus Marcenaro returned to his classroom and was stunned to find his mom sitting at his desk. It was Gonzalez again.

"I was shocked and I keep on walking forward and I was like, oh my gosh!" he said. "That's my mom. I didn't want to let go."

Late Tuesday afternoon, there was one more surprise to make. Gonzalez wanted to see her oldest daughter play in the last soccer match of the season at Heights High School.

Sophomore Alexis Gonzalez admitted she was puzzled, when at halftime the stadium announcer asked her to stand up. But then the 16-year-old recognized her mom standing in uniform about 50 yards away at midfield.

Alexis made a mad dash to jump into her mother's waiting arms. "It was just a really long hug because... I couldn't actually believe that it was my mom that I was hugging. And I was freaking out because once I realized it actually was my mom, I just didn't want to let go."

Gonzalez's husband, Edward Marcenaro, organized the reunions. He hopes she'll have a long stay stateside to catch up with the family on the things she missed.