For the first two years, barbara accompanied madison to and from school, but when madison turned eight edward recommended barbara to let madison go to school on her own because it was just close to their house. Barbara was a stay-at-home mom who didn’t mind driving madison to school. Every day, besides, she was concerned that madison was still too young to be left alone, but when edward insisted she relented, she gave madison a mobile phone and put a tiny journal in her backpack with their home address and vital contacts. So madison could contact them if necessary and that actually helped if madison ever went to a friend’s house after school or was late because she went to the park near her. School she’d always call barbara and let her know that gave barbara an assurance that her daughter was safe.
One day barbara was bored at home and decided to surprise madison by picking her up from school. She had also planned to take her to her favorite ice cream. Parlor nearby after barbara got to madison school just in time and as the dismissal bell rang, a stream of students spilled out of the front gate, barbara spotted madison’s, friends, alice and catherine, but madison was nowhere to be seen. She thought madison probably got held up with something and chose to wait. However, when madison didn’t come out after a few minutes, barbara decided to look for her inside she went to her classroom to see if she was there.
She noticed the classroom was empty, except for madison’s teacher, mrs blake, who was sitting at her desk looking over some papers. Mrs blake barbara approached her worried. Did you see madison? I was waiting for her at the gate, but she never came out. Oh, mrs hunter, i’m sorry it entirely slipped my mind to call you madison hasn’t been to school in over a week.
I was concerned that she was ill. She didn’t show up today and do you see these papers i’m carrying? We had a test and she missed it. What a shock ran through barbara upon hearing her eight-year-old daughter, hadn’t been attending classes. What do you mean she leaves for school every morning?
That’S strange considering she hasn’t been attending her classes. Mrs hunt is everything: okay at home, barbara was at a loss for words. She dashed out of school and dialed madison’s number the girl didn’t answer. She called her multiple times with no success and madison’s phone was turned off at one point. Barbara was sinking on the inside wondering where her daughter was.
She looked for madison wherever she could in parks and restaurants near the school and contacted every friend. She knew, but no one knew anything. Barbara was crying by this time and she finally called edward and told him everything he asked barbara to wait near the school and was there in a few minutes. They searched all of the places between their house and the school, including parks, cafes, restaurants and their neighbors houses. But madison was nowhere to be found by the time.
Edward and barbara were on their way home. It was already 8 pm. They didn’t notice when the day turned to night as they searched for madison. Barbara was crying on the way back from school and they had resolved to contact the cops as soon as they arrived home, but they were still two houses away. When barbara saw madison from afar waving by to a boy on the street edward she cried maddie.
Is there she’s right there outside our house what edward narrowed his eyes and realized? Barbara was right. Jesus, thank god as soon as they parked the car and got down they ran to her. Suddenly they glanced at each other perplexed when they discovered madison wasn’t alone but was holding a baby wrapped in a white towel who’s that baby madison and who is the small boy who just left barbara inquired perplexed? Sorry mommy madison lowered her head.
Can we please go inside and talk no madison barbara said sternly. You need to answer me. First, do you know how worried daddy and i were – we were going to call the police madison shook her head, no mommy, please they’re going to take layla away. Please do not call the cops. I must keep layla safe, darling, edward told barbara.
Let me handle this okay, so madison is the baby’s name layla. He asked where’d you find her honey layla is my friend terence’s sister daddy. His granny is sick and cannot care for layla and she refuses to go to the hospital because she says the cops will take layla away. Layla’S parents went to the angel two months ago, edward and barbara exchanged a worried, look and they realized. Terence’S grandma was worried that social services would take layla away since she couldn’t care for her and why didn’t you go to class honey?
Mommy called you today, but your phone was turned off. I’M sorry. I go to terence’s house every day to look after layla, so i don’t have time to go to classes, i return home and when he gets home from school we were playing with layla today and i didn’t check my phone when i finally decided to call mommy The phone was dead, terence’s granny was very sick today, so terence and i spent the entire day caring for her. That’S why i was late. I’M sorry, i didn’t tell you anything because i was scared.
I wouldn’t be able to play with layla again. Barbara and edward understood that it wasn’t really madison’s fault. She was just trying to help a friend, so they didn’t scold her but explained that it was wrong to skip classes. Can we keep layla with us? Terence cannot take care of her alone and his granny is sick, well, honey.
Barbara said we can’t keep someone else’s baby like that with us, but daddy, and i will figure out a way to help her. Let’S go inside now it’s getting cold the following day, barbara and edward, went to terence’s house and told his grandma, mrs peterson, everything he also offered to assist her in raising layla, so she would not have to turn to the authorities and risk losing custody of layla. The older woman was in tears and couldn’t stop thanking edward and barbara as time went on barbara started spending more time at terence’s house in looking after layla and mrs peterson, she fell in love with layla and one day she asked edward if they could adopt her And terence edward was more than happy to have layla and terence as his children, but he suggested barbara asked mrs peterson first after much hesitation, barbara proposed the idea to mrs peterson and she was surprised when mrs peterson agreed you see honey. She said i’m an old bird and i’m always worried about what will happen to my grandchildren after i die i’ll, be relieved and glad to know they’re in good hands if you take them. Oh, mrs peterson, thank you so much barbara said.
We were also wondering if you wanted to move in with us. The kids you see would love to have their grandmother by their side. What do you think angel? She said you are a true angel sweetheart, i’m sure that god sent you and your husband to help us. Oh my goodness, thank you so much.
Thank you very much from that day on mrs peterson, terence and layla moved in with the huts, edward and barbara started. The adoption process soon and two months later, terence and layla, were legally theirs.