There’s no Madison in Italy.

by Susan

Best Friends Julia and Madison

Tonight Julia wept. She’s heartbroken that she won’t see her best friend Madison for 3 weeks while we are on our family vacation in Italy.

The sting of the 3 week separation has been heightened because for the last few days I’ve kept them apart since Madison had a cold and I didn’t want Julia to get sick before we had to fly.

Julia desperately wants to play with her beloved Madison and the thought of not seeing her for such a long time was more than she could bear tonight. As she lay on the couch and we talked, she suddenly thought of Madison and burst into tears.

Her tears were not from a tantrum or rage over a stolen toy, her tears were sincere sadness over missing her precious friend that she loves dearly.

As I stroked her head and told her about all the wonderful things we’d see in Italy, she looked at me and said, “But there’s no Madison in Italy.”

(She’s soundly sleeping now and I know tomorrow when she’s not so tired, she’ll again be excited that she only has one more sleep before our trip.)

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Carrie September 4, 2009 at 2:01 am

Oh, what a sweet little girl you have!


2 Susan September 4, 2009 at 3:34 am

Yes, Carrie. She is sooooo sweet. She truly loves her friends.

And to make her feel better we talked about what gift we could buy for Madison in Venice. She got all excited about bringing her back a purple lollipop.

Apparently, a lollipop is the BEST gift in the world!

And she plans to buy a black lollipop for Madison’s Daddy, a purple one for Madison and pink ones for Madison’s Mommy and her little sister Avery.

I REALLY hope Venice has some kicking lollipops!!!


3 Kim September 4, 2009 at 6:51 am

I can pretend my name is Madison and come with you to Italy. :-) Have a great trip!


4 Julie September 4, 2009 at 10:15 am

So sweet. Of course when Madison and Julia are the subject of your writing I am very interested! I love the picture and the way you tell this story brings tears to my eyes when I remember my little friends and know that Madison and Julia really do love each other as a staple and positive part of each others lives. So sweet!


5 Marj M. September 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

Julia is a precious little girl with a gigantic heart filled with love. Can’t wait for her to get home and see Madison and she hasn’t even left yet. lol


6 Naomi September 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

It’s so hard to leave your best friend! What a fantastic picture of the two girls, hopefully Julia will be happy with a print of it to look at whenever she misses Madison…

Have a wonderful trip.


7 Susie's Homemade September 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

That’s the worst part of motherhood…when you can’t take away your child’s pain.


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