Jenna Bush Hager emotionally reunites with daughter Mila during summer camp pickup: watch
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Jenna Bush Hager is thrilled to welcome her daughter home after summer camp.
On Monday’s episode of Today with Hoda and Jenna, Bush Hager opened up to co-host Hoda Kotb about picking up his eldest child, daughter Margaret “Mila” Laura, from her summer at Camp Longhorn in Texas. The camp is the same one Bush Hager attended as a child.
Bush Hager shared videos on Instagram and later on the show that illustrate how happy 9-year-old Mila was to be reunited with her father Henry Hager. “We have our girlfriend,” she captioned the video where Mila hugs him tight.
The TV personality also shared a video that one of her camp friends, whom she reconnected with as they both enrolled their children, captured Mila running and jumping into her mother’s arms. Bush Hager also shared a selfie with Mila, writing, “Kissed her a million times.”
The sweetest part was seeing Mila reunite with her younger siblings Henry “Hal” Harold, 3, and Poppy Louise, 6.
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Last summer the Today The co-host revealed on air that she received the “sadest” letter from her 8-year-old son which “broke my heart into a million pieces”. Bush Hager read the show’s heartbreaking letter, with the emotional note subsequently going viral.
“Dear Mom and Dad, I miss you. I wish I could be with you,” she read at the time. “PS dad, how long before you pick me up? I miss you so much. I need to stop crying. So goodbye. I miss you terribly, mom and dad.”
Although things got off to a bad start, Bush Hager later told PEOPLE that Mila had finally acclimated and come to “love” her camp experience.
“It broke both of our hearts, but I didn’t think…I just put it out there. People would stop me on the street and be like, ‘When are you going to pick up Mila? I’m like, ‘I was just reading a letter!’ Then camp called, they felt really bad,” she said in a chat with PEOPLE before the George HW Bush Points of Light Awards. “They were like, ‘Don’t worry, she is happy.’ I was like, ‘No, it’s fine.’ “
The mum-of-three told PEOPLE that Mila was “really homesick.”
“She went to a camp in Texas; she’s from New York and it’s like 97 degrees outside on a lake in Texas, so there may have been a little culture shock that I don’t really appreciate because I went to this camp but I was from Texas and was used to summers,” Bush Hager said.
“She said later, and it’s kind of heartbreaking – again, I shouldn’t say that because I’m going to get a backlash… but she said, ‘When people were homesick, all the girls from Houston got together and felt sad, and all the girls from Dallas got together and felt sad, and all the girls from Austin felt sad. When I was sad, I was just sad on my own. “
“It’s kind of a good lesson, though, since we’re just coming out of a pandemic. You have to learn how to be sad on your own, so it’s fine,” Bush Hager added.