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Maizie

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Maizie

When I met Maizie, she was about eight years old.  We were living in Kentucky and my wife's mother and brother lived near us.  Her mom was a widow and suffered from some physical problems that restricted her to her home.  Her son was an unemployed n'er do well who spent a lot of time drinking and living off of his mothers income.  He had been married several times, none of which lasted.

It was a pleasant summer day when my mother in law called and said that her sons first wife had showed up to visit, along with her current husband and their daughter, Maizie.  Since we normally were over to her house several times a week to clean and shop, we soon met all of them.  It turns out that the husband was “between jobs” and it soon became apparent that they were there for whatever they could get, and quickly settled in.  Her mother accepted everyone at face value and couldn't see that she was being used.

We kept a close eye on the situation, stopping by more often to see what was going on.  It was during these visits that I noticed that Maizie was odd man out.  She was a very affectionate child, but was usually ignored and or yelled at by her mom.  She would frequently sit quietly on the periphery, swinging her feet and observing.  I felt sorry for her and started to pay her some attention.  We would talk, and laugh, and take short walks around the apartment project.  Sometimes, when I would go shopping, I would take her with me.

One day we found out that they were going to move on.  When we went over, Maizie seemed despondent.  I asked if she would like to take one last walk and she eagerly agreed.  While on our walk, Daisy suddenly blurted “would you like to be my daddy”?

I was at a loss for words, but finally said “Maizie, you have a father”.

“I know” she said.  “But I want a daddy”.

That's the last time I saw Maizie.  Today she would be a woman in her twenties and I can only hope she found the love she so richly deserved.

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  1. Date: 5/18/2012 3:31:00 PM
    Bob; this is a very touching story/poem. In the walks of life we meet a lot of people. Some leave prints in our hearts. I too hope Daisy found her place in life. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 10:16:00 PM
    Nice, touching story Bob. So sad that this is not such a rare story. So many kids, lost in the shuffle. Amazing how at 8 years old she was wise enough to recognize the difference between being a "father" and being a "daddy". I hope her life turned out well. Wouldn't it be wonderful if she were happily reading your story? Thanks for sharing, Joe.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/9/2012 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It would be wonderful if she could read this. She would know she was the one it was written for.
  1. Date: 5/9/2012 3:45:00 PM
    oh, I just saw it was the woman contest!!! Awesome.

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 3:44:00 PM
    bob, this is such a touching story. MY, I feel so bad for her. a very well told story this is. And I see it won in a contest, though I don't know in which one. Congratulations!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/9/2012 10:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea
  1. Date: 5/9/2012 11:23:00 AM
    Bob congrats on your win..David

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/9/2012 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciate it Deb
  1. Date: 5/9/2012 9:59:00 AM
    Bravo Bob!! Big Congratulations on this win! hugs, deb :)

  1. Date: 5/8/2012 10:03:00 PM
    Congratulations on well deserved first place win,Bob!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/9/2012 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you
  1. Date: 5/8/2012 7:01:00 AM
    Bob huge congrats for this..David

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/8/2012 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciate it David
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 12:45:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in the "Tell us of Women" contest Bob. Love, Carol

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/7/2012 1:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Carol
  1. Date: 5/6/2012 3:31:00 AM
    *tear* we touch the lives of others so deeply at so many turns on our journey...the day will come *tear* when you see her again...if not in this world, most assuredly the next, with open arms and stories to tell of how you made a difference...Well Done Bob...Well Done....love ya, deb

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/7/2012 1:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Deb. I hope you are right
  1. Date: 5/5/2012 11:16:00 AM
    you move me.. you move me to pieces, bob... fantastic story..:) huggs!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/5/2012 12:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you nette. Very nice of you to say.
  1. Date: 5/4/2012 6:08:00 PM
    Sad one that you have written..Yes, there are many children out there today that need a daddy..I hope that life gave her only good and that she was able to do well for herself when she came of age to be on her own..Enjoyed reading your story..Sara

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/5/2012 10:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sara
  1. Date: 5/3/2012 3:54:00 PM
    Now YOU put this in my Contest...this is the type of story about a woman I wanted! [PS I gave you more Debbie on the farm in summer go look!] Light & Love

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/3/2012 10:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you like it. This is a tough memory.
  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:58:00 PM
    Wow.....for a story, is it a true story Bob? - Well written - like it. - oxox love Anne-Lise

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/3/2012 2:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Afraid so Anne Lise
  1. Date: 5/3/2012 11:55:00 AM
    Oh my God... withering... Terry

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/3/2012 2:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Terry
  1. Date: 5/3/2012 11:52:00 AM
    Poignant! Terry

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/3/2012 2:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again