Friday, December 12, 2008


My dad has gone away
I really wish he stayed
I miss him so much
I want to feel his touch
He's away in Iraq
I really want him back
I know he's not leaving base
But I still want to see his face
He's always on my mind
I can't put it behind
Sometimes we get mad
But it doesn't stay that bad
I wanted him to watch me run
It would have been lots of fun
He's gone to Bagdad
It was really sad
He left before he saw
All the leaves fall
I wish he was here
If he was I'd shed a tear
I love him so much
I want to feel his touch

~Gone by Madison Macaulay

Madison's dad is in Iraq with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. This will be the second Christmas without seeing her Dad (when she was 1 he was out to sea). Even though he lives in South Carolina and she doesn't see him very often anyway, him being in Iraq is obviously scary. This poem is a result of an assignment for her honors English class, and will be submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Madison puts her all into everything she does, whether it be running cross-country, playing piano, or school work. Just the other day she wanted to know if there was a soup kitchen nearby as she wanted to go work in it, she has requested an international pen pal for Christmas, and she wants to learn how to make pottery. She has had paintings exhibited at the local gallery, won awards in cross-country running, and now can add writing to her many talents. We are all very proud of Madison, and will do our best to keep her busy and happy while her dad is gone.


Melissa Madison's Mom said...

Yes we are all very proud and amazed at all of Madison's interests. :)

June said...

You have my heart prayers for his safe and speedy return!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Such an accomplished young lady. I hope her dad can come home soon. Have you considered taking a class with her in the summer at JCCFS? There's a special 1 week program for kids and adults.

Finn said...

Morning Susan, what a lovely post. The poem can't help but tug at a person's heartstrings. I think back to all the children, through all the years having those same feelings as their dads go off to war.
It very difficult to explain the reality of our needing them to do that.
Madison is a remarkable young lady, and a great tribute to her parents and grandparents. Have a safe and blessed Christmas season. Big hugs, Finn

Pam said...

Susan, please share with Madison:

Madison, you are an amazing young lady! My great-niece MacKenzie (who doesn't live with her daddy either) will also say "see you soon" to her daddy...he is a blackhawk pilot and is scheduled to be shipped out to Iraq in the spring. Thank you for your poem. I am going to share it with MacKenzie ~ I think it will give her some encouragement.


Jellyhead said...

Susan your grandchildren are such interesting and talented kids. You must swell with pride at each of their many achievements.

Tell Madison her poem is very touching. I hope the time passes quickly before her dad is back and can give her a big squeezy hug.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

You all have every reason to be proud of Madison. She is a wonderful little girl with many talents.

I hope & pray that her dad returns home safely and that she doesn't have to miss another Christmas without him.

andsewitis Holly said...

You have very talented and gifted grandchildren. Madison's poem is so touching I couldn't help but shed a tear reading it.

colleen said...

Tell her it's a wonderful poem! I'm very touched.