For most kids, a day at SeaWorld is exciting enough.
For Aiden Rodriguez, Shamu was rendered an afterthought when his mother, a United States Air Force technical sergeant, came home early from her first term in Afghanistan and surprised him during a show at the theme park.
Sergeant Aixa Rodriguez and her son were regulars at the aquatic park before she left for Afghanistan, so when Aixa said she wanted to surprise her son at SeaWorld, her mother helped orchestrate the surprise.
Both Aiden and Aixa appear more than thrilled to be back in each other's arms.
Watch the video above to see their reunion, but be prepared to spend the next hour of your workday scouring YouTube for more teary reunion stories.