Soldier Surprises Mom at Mall of America

December 22, 2017 06:51 PM

A Minnesota mom got the Christmas present of her dreams Friday when she was surprised by her soldier son at Mall of America.

The ruse had been in the works for months.


"I just keep telling her that I'm not going to be home until February," Army Pfc. Tim Hofmann said moments before the surprise.

He said it was all his dad's idea, adding, "I don't know how she's going to react really."

Josephine Hofmann thought she was coming to Mall of America for a head to toe makeover and an overnight stay at Radisson Blu, because she's part of a military family.

All of that did happen, but while being "interviewed" about the experience by a Mall of America spokesperson, her surprised her from behind.

"Oh!" she yelled in disbelief, covering her face with her hand while holding her son close. "Oh I cannot talk!"

The family will now have a month to spend with Tim Hofmann before he heads back to the Army.

"Who wouldn't want to celebrate her doing a great job raising two great kids," Hofmann said.

Hofmann's mom, meanwhile, kept her comments brief.

"I guess I could use this," she laughed, wiping away tears of joy with her sleeve.


Josh Rosenthal

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