(WEEK) -- The holiday surprise still works.
But right before you try to pull the Homecoming Surprise, what do you say?
That's the look on the face of this new U.S. Marine Corps PFC Malachi Rooks, trying to decide how to handle it.
As the video shows, he went for the huge hug.
Rooks just came home to Woodford County on Saturday to see his mom in Metamora.
Rooks graduated from Metamora Township High School in May, then left for Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California on May 17.
And, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he had not been home since that transition, until Saturday.