Mom returns from business trip, is met with son’s ‘Welcome Home From Prison’ sign

FORT SMITH, Ark. — When Barbara Nielsen went out of state on a work trip, she never expected the ‘Welcome Home’ greeting she received from her husband and son.

After getting off the plane at Fort Smith Regional Airport, she saw her son Daimen, 4, holding a cardboard sign with a message written in marker that said, “Welcome Home From Prison Mom”.

“I saw lots of laughter, except for me who's rolling my eyes," Nielsen told KFSM laughing. She has never been to prison.

Her husband said he was inspired to make the sign after seeing a similar sign on social media. In order to execute the plan, he didn’t tell his son about it in advance. He just gave him the sign to hold.

“I figured he'd try to make a big deal about it,” the husband said.

A post with Daimen smiling and holding the sign has been shared nearly 130,000 times and has been liked close to 75,000 times.

“We've had people from all over contacting us and telling us how funny it is,” Nielsen said.

Nielsens said the sign acts as a powerful reminder to all of us to lighten up.

"People have fun. Stop being so serious,” Nielsen said.