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Mom and son reunite at Tampa International Airport for Thanksgiving holiday

21 yr old Christian Ortiz flew home for holiday
Posted at 2:05 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 18:13:48-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Joyce McNamee has been waiting since August for her son to come home for Thanksgiving dinner.

"It's everything,” she said. “Because he's my world."

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"He might just walk away from us. I don't know?" McNamee joked.

Show me a mom with balloons and a big sign in an airport and I'll show you a college student who may be a bit embarrassed.

"Absolutely, that's our objective, yes,” said McNamee laughing.

But this mother-son reunion did not unfold that way.

"I love it,” said Christian Ortiz walking up, then kissing his Mom on the cheek and hugging her.

"She's done everything and more for me,” he said.

21-year-old Christian is just as thankful for his single mom who sometimes had to work holidays while he was growing up.

"She's done so much to make sure I was able to go to a really good school that I wanted to go to,” he explained.

The Boston University senior plans to graduate with a biomedical engineering degree but tomorrow, he's the one cooking.

“A sweet potato meringue pie, mac and cheese, and cranberry sauce,” he said.