David Goldman enjoys video games and hot chocolate with his son after a five-year battle to reunite

By Michael Y. Park
Updated December 29, 2009 04:10 PM
Credit: NBC News

It was the best Christmas present David Goldman could ever imagine: A holiday with his son, Sean, whom the New Jersey dad finally brought home after a five-year battle with his Brazilian former in-laws.

“As … we were coming home, he said, ‘Where’s our home?’ Just to hear him say ‘our home,’ ” Goldman said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference, his voice cracking with emotion. “I waited five years to hear him say that.”

Sean, 9, was returned to David just days ago after a lengthy and contentious international legal battle with his deceased ex-wife’s family that went as high as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

And those first days back? Just a typical holiday with a dad and a son – in other words, pure magic.

“He’s happy. He just wants to have fun,” Goldman, of Tinton Falls, N.J., said, noting that they played video games, had hot chocolate, played with Sean’s cousins, and opened Christmas presents.

“He got inside, and he saw the Christmas tree. And he saw the presents, and he started ripping them open,” he said. “And he saw the little kitty cat, and went right over to her and started petting her.”

And after a few nights sleeping “like a baby – except he didn’t wet the bed and cry” – Sean was already up for a new adventure.

“He wanted to go fishing today,” Goldman said, laughing proudly. “It’s 20 degrees out, and he wanted to go fishing.”