A local third grader couldn't bring his dad to National Bring Your Dad to School Day because he is deployed in Iraq. So he proposed the next best thing – Skype.
More than 100 fathers shared the day on Friday with their children at Granger Elementary School in Keller. Teachers also helped Blake Hatley connect via Skype with his father who is serving with the Air Force more than 6,000 miles away.
Major Travis and son shared a joke.
"What's black and white and red all over? A penguin with a diaper rash," Hatley said to his son's amusement.
They talked about what they'll do when the deployment is over.
"Wanna play some touch football in the front yard?" Hatley asked.
Dad even got to watch Blake read to his kindergarten buddy.
But Blake had one important question on his mind.
"How much more days until you're home," he asked.
"65 days," his dad responded.
"All right," Blake said.
Michelle Hatley said her son is able to talk to his father almost every day using the internet. But, seeing him on the screen is always very emotional.
"Travis is Blake's best friend, so those are tears of joy seeing him and the separation. It's hard. We've been through four deployments and this one has been the hardest on Blake," she said.
Major Hatley's mission supports President Obama's plan to pull troops from Afghanistan. He is scheduled to be home in time for Christmas.
After being gone for six months, his family is ready for that day.
KDFW FOX 4
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