Dec. 25 has already come and gone, but for sailor A.J. Todd, every day spent with his newborn daughter must feel like Christmas.
The Naval Petty Officer from New Hampshire was in the middle of a lengthy overseas deployment when his 3-month-old daughter was born, and his wife Marylin wanted to capture the first time Todd met his baby girl. But the dozen or so videographers she contacted told her it would cost $1,500 to record his holiday homecoming for posterity.
Then she called Latimer Studios, a family video production company, who told Marylin they would record her sailor’s return home — for free.
“Especially once they told us about him meeting his child for the first time — I mean, that’s the thing that really tugged at our hearts,” said Daniel Latimer, according to WMUR New Hampshire. “We were like, ‘We gotta do this. This is something that’s special.’”
His wife agreed.
“Just knowing A.J. was out there for two years, missing those moments with his daughter,” Laura Latimer said. “Marylin was at home, living those moments with her daughter without her husband. And essentially he’s doing that for me. You know, I felt that. He’s doing that to protect me and my family.”
“It’s a feeling I will never, ever, ever forget,” Marylin told WMUR. “Such joy and emotion. Especially for Christmas.”
Her husband — deployed on-and-off overseas for nearly two years — was similarly overcome. “It means everything to me. Being home for the holidays is obviously important, especially with your family — with my newborn daughter, my oldest Riley and my wife. It’s absolutely awesome.”
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