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When Brian Anderson decided to join
the Army, his girlfriend Seena promptly broke up with him. A
self-described hippie who takes to heart the "make love, not war"
slogan, Seena decided she couldn't plan a life with someone who was
in the military.
It took a few months of heartache, but eventually Seena realized
Brian was the love of her life, and if he chose the military she
had no choice but to support him. "I basically realized I love this
man entirely too much to let this get in the way," she says.
Now six years later, Seena held their daughters Jenna, 4, and
Skye, 2, as she said goodbye to Brian again, this time as he
deployed to Afghanistan with the Army Reserves.
"It's very difficult for me. I do not believe in war, but at the
same time I am a huge supporter of the troops," Seena says. And
it's important to her that Brian be able to do his job overseas,
knowing that his family is doing OK at home. "I have to be strong
for him, I don't want any moment where he wonders if we're OK. I
want him to focus on coming home."
Skye doesn't understand where Daddy is, but Jenna knows daddy is
gone for a very long time.
Before he deployed, the family watched a Sesame Street video
about deployments. The first night Brian was gone, Jenna asked her
mom, "Is Daddy going to be looking at the moon like Elmo is looking
at the moon?" Yes, Seena told her daughter, they would all be
looking at the same moon until Daddy comes home.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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