My Funny New Year Story

I forgot all about this story until last night. Twenty years ago on New Years Eve I woke up with an itch and a little scar on my neck. I went to my mother and asked her what was it. She looked concerned but didn’t say what it was.

As the day went on, it got worse and worse. We went to church for watchnight service and it got worse and worse. Eventually my mother took me to my grandmother’s house which is three blocks away. It was the first time I’d ever seen the ball drop. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 1993! The next thing my mother said to me was “Chad, you have chicken pox.”

I was distraught. I started crying and my mother tried to cheer me up by playing with the two wrestling figures I had. I remember it was Hulk Hogan and Virgil.

It wasn’t funny then but its hilarious now. Plus I wound up with an extra week off from school and had a blast during that week with my father which wound up being one of my most memorable times with him.

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About The Adventures of A Single Dad

My name is Chad and I am a single father. I have a little girl who is eighteen months old named Cydney. I am also the father figure to my six year old nephew, Courtney. Here’s the short version: My fiancé and I met in college in 2004 and started dating in 2006. In our five years together, we were best friends who saw each other through many adverse times in which many times may have been us against the world or us against each other. On July 12, 2010 I woke up from a nap to a positive pregnancy test. I gave her a kiss on her forehead and knew that our lives were going to be different and the love that we had for each other would be put into this child on the way. We began to make plans for our budding family and left Atlanta to move to New York during the pregnancy so that all of our family could be involved. Our daughter Cydney Moriah was born February 14, 2011. 4lbs, 9 oz, 19 inches long. After she was born, my fiancé was what was thought to be preeclampsia. After nine days of testing, biopsies, and x-rays she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer that had already progressed to the fourth stage. After nine months of putting up a fight, moving from New York City to Buffalo to Hampton, VA my fiancé lost her fight and passed away December 9, 2011 at 25 years old; one day after our five year anniversary. As opposed to the normal just adjusting to life after a devastating loss, I had to endure months of custody hearings in the states of New York and Virginia, having to prove I was Cydney’s father, and not seeing my daughter for five months because my fiancé’s parents were trying to take custody from me. Since April 3, 2012 my daughter has been back with me and honestly it’s been nothing more than wonderful. After months of deliberating and figuring things out I felt that I should share my experiences, adventures (and misadventures), and tips for other single fathers and parents in general out there. Parenting is not easy and it’s REALLY not easy being a single parent.
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One Response to My Funny New Year Story

  1. Sandi Ormsby says:

    Oh, that’s awesome, she took you to church to pass on the chicken pox! hahahah! Oh, the Calamine lotion- pink blotches over pink blisters. LOVELY. So glad they now have immunzations for the kids!

    Was it the Stretch Armstrong version of Hulk Hogan? I remember one of my guy friends having that.


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