Military dad photobombs son at school picture day

School picture day is notoriously awful for children across the country: uncomfortable clothes, forced smiles, and some stranger telling you to tilt your head in the most unnatural way. But 8-year-old Joshua Bass had a decidedly excellent picture day.

His dad, Corporal James Bass, has been deployed in Kuwait for months now, and returned to surprise his son at Pearsontown Magnet Elementary in Durham, N.C.

ABC 11 in Raleigh, N.C., caught the heartwarming photobomb on camera, and our pants caught many tears as we watched the footage.

Screengrab via ABC 11

Marisa Kabas

Marisa Kabas

Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.