It is often hard for young children to understand why their military parents have to be away from home for a long time, and they sure miss them a lot. A mom in the UK found a solution to stop her young boy from missing his dad.
Three-year-old Austin Mitchell would ask his mom, Rebecca, every night where his daddy was. His father, Barry, is an able seaman in the Navy, and being underwater in a submarine, he is often unreachable for months.
Rebecca came across Huggable Heroes, a company based in Norfolk that made personalized dolls with a picture of the “hero” on it.
She ordered it for Austin, and when the present was unveiled, Austin’s reaction was priceless upon seeing his father’s image on the doll.
“It’s so hard telling a three-year-old he can’t see his dad, and even harder trying to explain he can’t speak to him because he is underwater,” said Rebecca.
“I wasn’t sure what he was going to do when I gave him the doll, but his reaction actually made me really emotional,” she said.
“You can hear my voice crack a little in the video. He takes it everywhere with him now. His nursery don’t usually allow comfort items but they have made a special exception for this,” she added.
The owner behind “Huggable Heroes” is Jo Lomax. Jo is a mother of two who launched it in 2015, after she made a doll for her friend’s daughter whose father would be deployed for six months.
She continued to make a doll each for her young children and discovered that the dolls helped them cope with the separation from their royal marine dad.