Eric was just 7 years old when he went to the park on that fateful day. The barren environment intrigued him. He noticed something strange as he scanned the playground. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a black figure near the swingset. When he got closer for a closer look, Eric recognized the strange device as a baby stroller.
As Eric approached, he heard the gentle sounds of an infant.
The boy examined the pram more closely and spotted a small message next to the little girl’s drink. Despite not being able to read the text completely, Eric managed to catch a few words. When he realized the infant had been abandoned, he went home to seek help from his parents.
While Natalie was doing the dishes, Eric’s mother peered out the window and saw him approaching. While pushing a stroller in front of him, he ran at full speed. Natalie, terrified, ran outside to see what was happening.
“Eric! Why are you pushing that stroller? Where did you find it?””””
“Mom! Someone left her in the park! Read the note right away!””” Eric reacted. Perplexed and concerned, Natalie reached into the pram to read the note. In horror, Natalie grabbed her mouth as she read the letter and murmured, “Oh god…”
Madison, who was 18 at the time, was unable to keep her infant child, according to a brief letter she wrote. Madison’s boyfriend had recently passed away, and her in-laws did not want to keep her and the kid. Madison abandoned her toddler in a park hoping someone would find her without a job or a place to live.
Eric asked his mother to keep the child.
“Can we keep her, please, mom?” She’s only a toddler… I’ll even assist!”
“I’m sorry, kid,” Natalie said, “but that’s not the way things work.” This must be reported to the authorities. I’ll speak with your father when he gets home.”
Eric’s father, Fred, saw his family acting strangely when he returned from work that evening.
“Eric, you need to go to your room. Your father and I will discuss this with you,” Natalie told her son. Natalie stared at Fred puzzled before he noticed the stroller in the room. She handed Fred the note that had been left in the pram as she sighed heavily.
“I can’t believe anyone would abandon her…”
She cannot be older than six months. “Madeline is such a beautiful name,” he said, reading the letter in its entirety.
Fred, how are we going to deal with Madeline?””” Natalie had enquired of her hubby. Fred responded, “All we can do now is report it to the authorities and hope the mother returns for her child.”.
The couple decided to keep the baby that night, and they notified a social worker the next day. Madeline was quiet and sweet, so he argued with his parents about keeping her.
“Don’t worry, Eric. Madeline will be adopted soon! Natalie told her son, “There will be a lot of mommies and daddies who will want her in their lives.”
The social worker picked up Madeline the next morning and took her to the orphanage.
Can we visit her now and then?” Natalie approached the social worker and inquired.
“Are you planning to adopt her?””””
“No, we simply grew attached to her in such a short period of time, and my son Eric is quite upset about it all.”
Even though she thought the request was strange, the social worker agreed and smiled. As a result, Eric was free to visit Madeline whenever he wished. Over time, Eric and Madeline became close friends, and they thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.
As he grew into a teenager, Eric made a commitment to Madeline.
No matter what happens, no adult will ever be able to separate us. Madeline, I’ll always be there for you, and we’ll always be best friends. I know we’ll always be in touch.”
When she heard Eric’s heartfelt words, Madeline was delighted, and she agreed. “Oh Eric! In addition, you’re one of my best friends, and I’ll always find you!”
As Natalie and Eric left for the day, she waved goodbye to Madeline. Fred told Natalie that it was wonderful to see Eric so happy with Madeline, and that they should have adopted her. Natalie was certain that their decision was the right one and assured Fred that it was for the best.
After that, Eric didn’t see Madeline at the orphanage again. When he, Natalie, and Fred went to see her the following week, she wasn’t there. She had been adopted by a wonderful family in upstate New York. Eric was devastated.
However, this isn’t fair!” cried the youngster to his mother. She promised she would never leave me, and now she’s gone! “Why didn’t you adopt her?” you might wonder.
“You know what, Eric? She encouraged her son. Currently, Maddie is living with a new family that adores her and considers herself fortunate to have her in their lives. I have a feeling you will reunite even though you may be apart for the time being.”
Eric was enraged by the situation for the next few years. Despite Madeline’s assurances that they would meet again, Eric was heartbroken. He searched for Madeline but received no response. As he grew older, he let go of most of his anger toward his mother and came to realize she may one day be right about him and Madeline.
While browsing Facebook, Eric was 22 years old when he received a notification. A woman named Madeline had sent him a friend request. Is that possible?
“Is that you, Maddie?””””
Sure! It’s me! Although I was only a child at the time, I recognized you from the orphanage. Meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me. I also remembered our vow to each other.”
Madeline and Eric remained in touch over Messenger for the next few years. They shared life stories and caught up on each other’s successes and failures. He told her that he is studying business, and she told him that she is returning home.
Madeline was overjoyed to see Eric again, despite his disbelief. As he greeted her with flowers at the airport, Madeline was beaming from ear to ear. On the plane, she introduced her parents to Eric.
“I’m Eric, mom and dad.” “The orphanage boy who rescued me.”
During supper that night, Eric asked Madeline out on a date as he was leaving. She joyfully consented, and the two spent a few years together before Eric proposed.
After nearly 40 years of marriage, they have kept their word to each other. In their wedding vows they included a part of the pledge they made at the orphanage, showing that they were never apart.