A Marine security guard patiently waited to surprise his mom and sister at his mom's favorite restaurant, Brasserie 19 on West Gray in River Oaks, Tuesday afternoon.
"Put the drink down and say, 'Here's your drink, mom,' instead of, 'Here's your drink, ma'am,'" said U.S. Marine Sgt. Tyler Kidder.
He said his mom didn't expect to see him until Christmas Eve night for the first Christmas in five years. She thought she was coming to the restaurant for a free meal.
"She cries on Skype so she's gonna ball. She's gonna ball," said Sgt. Kidder.
He was right; she didn't believe it was him.
"She didn't recognize me! She looked at me three times and didn't notice it was me," Sgt. Kidder said. "I think it was the perfect surprise. She's going to be crying the rest of the ten days I'm here. It was a great surprise! Thanks guys!”
It was Sgt. Kidder’s dad's plan and it worked.
"I thank everybody in Houston for applauding my son," said Kenneth Kidder. "It's going to be a great Christmas!"
He planned the surprise with the help of Charles Clark of Clark Cooper Concepts.
"My daughter knew and I guess my husband knew. We didn't know anything," said mom Teresa Kidder. "I am so excited! I was totally taken aback! Totally surprised! Thank you."
Next, Sgt. Kidder will be stationed in Pakistan where he will serve as an Embassy Guard. He was stationed in Uruguay.