It’s nice to read long distance relationship success stories. The heart is said to beat faster over long distances. This is especially true for a couple who have separated due to work.
Joshua Splinter is a family doctor for the Texas Army National Guard. While in Djibouti, Africa, he and his wife have come a long way. His wife is a doctor and lives 8,500 miles away in Texas.
One day, Joshua decided it was time to surprise her. After five months in Africa, he received word that he could return home. He was so happy to pack up and fly home to his wife that he knew she deserved more. During his absence, he worked hard to complete his residency program.
She had no idea that her husband had prepared a surprise for her. So the army doctor decided to visit her in the doctor’s office. She is a pediatrician and knows what will happen in the hospital when he arrives.
To get this surprise, Joshua had to pretend to be a new patient while waiting for his wife at the hospital. He was flown home on a military plane. It was a long flight, 40 hours, but he didn’t care. What complicates all this is the difference in time zones.
As they chatted, he had no choice but to lie to her. In fact, they were in the same time zone, but it’s time for bed, he said.
Joshua made sure that she recorded this once in a lifetime moment. He arrived at his wife’s clinic. In his video, he said, “I’m totally hyped. I’m way more nervous than I thought I would be.”
To make this plan a successful one, he asked his friend for help. This friend is one of Alice’s colleagues. Thankfully, the friend is more than happy to help with his epic surprise. The friend admitted, “I’m so excited!”
As caught in the video, a woman opens the door. They thought that they got caught but thankfully, it was just one of the nurses in the clinic. So the friend briefed the nurse. He followed her to go and get Alice.
A few moments later, the friend came back into the room. The friend can be heard telling Joshua, “I’d like you to meet Dr. Alice.”
Alice walked in and said “Hi” for a brief moment until she laid eyes on him. In less than a second, complete surprise can be seen on Alice’s face! She just let her clipboard fall to the floor as she moves to give her husband a huge hug. Finally, they are back in each others’ arms.
Military service, especially for families, will not be easy. Therefore, such meetings always touch our hearts. It’s great to see Joshua travel the world for over 39 hours and more miles to make this meeting unforgettable.
The smile on his face and the bear in his arms showed that all his efforts were worth it.