By Luke Kenton
This Naval dad penned and recorded a heart-felt song to remind his two sons he loves them, as he prepared to depart for a long deployment.
After waiting for all of his family to fall asleep, Naval Sailor David Daughtry recorded an emotional ode to his two young sons in his garage, in Lemoore, California, USA, before shipping off an a 7-month-long deployment.
Aimed primarily at his eldest child, E-6 First Class Petty Officer, David, who has been serving in the Navy for nearly 12 years, urges his eight-year-old son to ‘be a big hand to his mother’ and to ‘protect his baby brother’.
Acting not only as a reminder to step up and be the ‘man of the house’ in David’s absence, but to also remind his eight and four-year-old boys that although there’s ‘hard times ahead’, he will always love them, the emotive ballad continuously pulls at the heart-strings.
Hoping the song finds resonance with other families who’s ‘Daddies are serving abroad’, 30-year-old David, said: “The thought of going away on a long deployment and leaving my family was weighing on my heart, especially with my sons.
“They’re getting so big and there’s so much that is missed while I’m away, they mean the world to me.
“Every time I’m preparing to depart, I have the same conversation with my oldest, about him filling my shoes while I’m gone and helping his mother.
“So, I thought this time, as he’s a little older and there’s more I expect from him, that I’d put it in a song for him to keep.
“There are a lot of Daddies serving off serving their countries, so I think they’ve all had the same types of conversations with their children.
“It took a few attempts to record, as it was all incredibly emotional for me.
“My wife cried when she read the words and my kids were so happy that I’d written a song just for them.”