The Boy Who Went to War

Several years ago, I moved into a bigger house so I could expand my home daycare business and serve more children. I had also remarried and gained a bonus son, so the little house was bursting at the seams with five in our family. I was sad to leave a friend behind, she lived next door and also had a home daycare. We were neighbors for about five years and saw each other almost daily. Her boys were just a few years old than my boys, and I remember one of them teaching my son how to climb trees.

Today that little boy next door is now a young man, an American soldier. Today he leaves the United States to put down his boots on the ground in Iraq. Today my view of the war has changed. Now it's personal. I am SO proud of him. I am proud to know him. But as I type this, tears are rolling down my face, because in my heart he's still a little boy climbing in a tree. I will pray daily for him, for his young wife, for his mom - my friend, and for his brother. I hope you will pray for him too. Today a yellow ribbon goes around the tree in my front yard and it will stay there until he comes home.

Joey Maldonado, thank you for your service to the greatest country in the world. Godspeed...


  1. Karen Jorgensen7/28/11, 8:16 AM

    I will keep him in my prayers as well !!

  2. I pray for soldiers each night... they are so brave and I am so thankful for each and every person in the Armed Services.

    Great post!

  3. God bless him...it must be beyond difficult to watch a son, and a son's friend go to war after seeing them as tiny children...I pray to God that we are not in a war when my boys are of age. I respect our military so much...but I selfishly dont want my boys fighting...


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