Being separated for nearly a year, the Currens family were elated to get their Marine back. But it was the final moments of waiting for him to get off his plane that were the worst. Ready to put their “stick daddy” away and love on the real thing, the Currens had grown anxious to have Tristan in their arms again. The cardboard cutout was the Currens’ way of showing dad that they hadn’t forgotten about him. Every day they would take a picture with “stick daddy” to show Tristan that he was missed. But “stick daddy” doesn’t come close to that warm embrace.