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Four-year-old Misha will go to sleep every night
with her daddy reading her a bedtime story. But she'll have only
his voice, not his arms for snuggling in close, for the next
Denise and Brandon Ford aren't sure she really understands
what's happened to daddy. "We've been telling her daddy is going
away for a really long time, and he's going to be really, really
far away, but he's going to help people and he's going to come
back," Denise says.
Denise, who fell in love with Ford the first time their eyes
met, says she plans to do all she can to keep his presence felt.
"Just so that he's here when he's not here."
Ford, an Army reservist with an Illinois medical unit headed to
Afghanistan, will miss so much: Misha's first day of school, her
birthday, his five-year wedding anniversary and Denise's graduation
from nursing school.
"Him not being here is pretty difficult. Becoming a single mom
is pretty hard. I know it's hard in general being a single mom, but
when you are used to being a two parent deal, then all of a sudden
everything is left on your shoulders."
Family will help a lot. She and Misha have already moved in with
Denise's mom. Denise is just hoping time flies by until Ford is
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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