First Person: The Firefighter's Thanksgiving Princess

The Story Behind the Thanksgiving Photo

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First Person: The Firefighter's Thanksgiving Princess

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First Person: The Firefighter's Thanksgiving Princess

Every photo has a story, and on this Thanksgiving, Yahoo! News asked readers to share one photo, and the story behind it, that holds meaning for them. Here's one.

FIRST PERSON | Prior to enjoying our Thanksgiving meal in 2011, we each took a moment to express gratitude for a special blessing that has greatly impacted their life.

That year, my 7-year-old daughter became tearful and refused to take part in our yearly tradition. Realizing the empty seat at the table -- my husband's -- was profoundly affecting her, Gianna was allowed to skip her turn. Despite the obvious absence of my husband, we all enjoyed a wonderful day together.

While tucking her in bed that evening, I explained that firemen can't always be home on special days with the people they love most. As much as she was missing him, he was missing her, too. I reminded her that he was a very special hero who saves lives and was needed by many others. As we cuddled, she fell asleep with her eyes still damp from the tears she cried.

The following morning, my exhausted husband finally arrived home. He took a quick shower and upon exiting the bathroom, he was greeted by a beautiful little girl dressed in his bunkers. Smiling, she wrapped her arms around his neck and whispered, "I'm thankful that you're a hero. I love you."

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