A typical band practice at West Morgan Middle School became something else Friday morning. Sgt. First Class Timothy Lape showed up to surprise his 13-year-old daughter Callie. She had no idea her Dad was home from a year in Afghanistan, and clarinet forgotten, Callie hugged her Dad and shed tears of joy.
Sgt. Lape said he loved the surprise set up by Callie’s mother and grandmother.
“I like surprising her on occasions, not when it tortures me,” he said with a smile.
The torture came because the National Guardsman had to wait longer than he wanted to see his daughter, to make it a surprise.
The Sgt. and Callie’s mom, Kristy Hargrove checked their daughter out of school. Sgt. Lape said he knows exactly what he wants to do.
“Spend as much time with her as I can, just get back to being a citizen soldier,” he said.
Sgt. Lape is back from his third deployment to Afghanistan.