Adeline- A Madeline Inspired (True) Story
When I was a kid, I loved the story of Madeline. I’m sure that I asked my mother to read it to me hundreds of times, because I can still recite most of the book from memory as a thirty-something.
Since working at the Hope House, I have begun to remember this book more and more frequently. The similarities between this book and the way these girls live always strike me as so interesting.
Our girls do everything together. They eat together, play together, take field trips together, and otherwise spend nearly every waking moment with one another in one way or another. This has formed a sisterhood and a bond among the girls that I don’t think I can convey with mere words.
Additionally, the girls themselves all remind me of Madeline herself in one way or another. They love to explore, care for one another like sisters, and love putting on a good dramatic performance. They are often fearless in the face of danger. They are brave, strong, and continually show courage. They are living, breathing Madelines.
As you can imagine, the stories that come out of our little home are many. There are water games, pranks, and silly plays the girls make up. There are dances and movie nights and family nights with parents, but there are also the not fun nights. There are those nights where something goes a little bit wrong, and those tend to be my favorite stories, because they are where the girls really shine. Those moments are where the girls show the most wonderful care for one another, fierce strength, and the most inspiring courage.
I was reflecting on the night a poisonous snake came into the house as well as an incident last week with a tooth that needed to be pulled, and once again I thought of Madeline. As I thought about it, I wrote a Madeline inspired version of the tooth story with a little bit of the snake story included. They didn’t happen on the same night, but I included them both for the sake of staying true to the Madeline story. (Lion/Appendix = Snake/Loose Tooth) I hope that if you loved the Madeline story, you will love this one. And if you didn’t, I hope you still enjoy hearing about our real life Madeline adventure at the Hope House.
*Names have been changed.*
Adeline- A Hope House Story
In a house in Sucua,
Surrounded by vines
Lived 55 girls
In ten straight lines
In ten straight lines they broke their bread
And rode to school
Then went to bed
They smiled at the good
And frowned at the bad
They all thanked God for all they had
They left the house
at half past nine
in ten straight lines
in rain or shine
The smallest one was Adeline
She was not afraid of heights
She loved rivers, rain, and lights
And to the snake who tried to hide
Adeline yelled “Go outside!!”
And no one knew so well
How to frighten Ms. Michelle
Very late one Friday night
Ms. Michelle turned on her light and said,
“Something is not right!”
Little Adeline stood over the faucet
Ms. Michelle ran to the nurse’s closet
With gloves in hand and cotton wool
She said, “We’ve got a tooth to pull.”
All the girls gave a great sigh
And watched intent, with careful eyes
Adeline was quite a sight
But did not show one bit of fright
And as her tooth was pulled right out
This brave girl did not even shout
Adeline got a drink
And washed her mouth out in the sink
Then the girls did settle down,
And Adeline no longer frowned.
“Good night, little girls
Thank the Lord you are well!
And now go to sleep,”
Said Ms. Michelle
And she turned out the light
And closed the door
And that’s all there is
There isn’t any more.