At a time when we could all use an uplift, a story of unexpected friendship and honest-to-goodness magic is warming people's hearts. And it's one of those stories that just gets better and better.
A woman named Kelly Victoria shared the story on Twitter. "At the beginning of the pandemic I went through some painful personal stuff," she wrote, "and would often go out at night for long walks because no one was around and I couldn't sleep anyway. One night I was walking down my street and noticed that someone had set up a few little objects in a tree planter, and upon closer inspection, I realized it was a fairy garden with a little note about the 4-year-old girl who felt lonely in quarantine and wanted to spread some cheer."
down my street and noticed that someone had set up a few little objects in a tree planter and upon closer inspectio… https://t.co/7P9UvzWB2E— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743335.0
The fairy garden was set up by a tree, and a note on the tree read:
"Our 4 year old made this to brighten your day
Please add to the magic, but don't take away
These days can be hard, but we're in this together
So enjoy our fairy garden and some nicer weather."
The next day, Kelly wrote a note to the little girl, pretending to be a fairy named Sapphire that "had come to live in the tree because she had set it up so nicely." She left the note on the tree during her walk that night.
the start of the pandemic) if she did 3 things for me: https://t.co/1Ae9DjazAW— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743408.0
In her note, Sapphire said she would leave some lucky dice for the girl if she did these things:
- Say 5 nice things to people you love
- Do 3 helpful things for someone in need
- Promise to always be kind and brave, and to show love to those in need.
- Draw a picture of your favorite animal so I can show the other fairies!
Kelly wasn't sure if she'd even see it, but the next night, she found a note from the girl, Eliana, telling her how she had completed the requests. She included two drawings of "piggies," her favorite animal. Kelly says she "immediately burst into tears."
So I left a bunch of my die that had small imperfections and left her another note and also a little extra note for… https://t.co/V2b5u4e5kq— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743505.0
She did leave a bunch of resin die that she had made with a note for Eliana (and one for her parents with her real name and phone number, so they'd know she wasn't some kind of creeper).
And the next night, there was another note from Eliana, thanking Sapphire for the die and for the gnome magnets she had left. She explained what she was doing with the die, and then wrote, "Please stay safe from the sickness. I love you."
She also got a note from Eliana's parents, thanking her for being "a much needed bright spot in our quarantine season" and explaining that they'd been playing a modified version of D & D (Dungeons & Dragons) with Elaina, so the die were a perfect gift.
Doing this every night gave me purpose in a horribly painful and lonely time. I looked forward to my days again and… https://t.co/eWTpkWvVGG— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743555.0
And so began a nine-month long magical friendship. "Doing this every night gave me purpose in a horribly painful and lonely time," wrote Kelly. "I looked forward to my days again and I started ordering art supplies and little trinkets to leave her."
Kelly texted with Elaina's mom to get personalized ideas for gifts. She even sent a photo of herself dressed as an elf, photoshopped to look like she was tiny.
Elaina responded by asking totally 4-year-old questions, like "What do you and you friends feel like? I mean like your skin feeling?" and sharing some totally 4-year-old artwork. Adorable.
In the past month her mom sent me a text letting me know that they had closed escrow on a new house a little furthe… https://t.co/ighkIvyCgD— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743566.0
Then came some news. Eliana's family was moving to a new house and would have to leave the fairy garden behind. Elaina was having a tough time with the idea of moving, so Sapphire wrote her a long note. "Getting to know you has made me less afraid of humans," she said. She told Eliana that she would be having to leave the tree soon so they could go through the moving transition together.
Eliana's mom said it helped her so much and they wanted to try to get together in person before they moved.
to include some support in my letters and told her I had to move as well so she’d feel like we were both going thro… https://t.co/K9SIcjteWC— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743634.0
That's tricky in a pandemic, of course. And also tricky when you're supposed to be a teeny-tiny fairy, not a full-grown person. So Sapphire told Eliana that when fairies move houses, they grow to the size of humans for just one day to move all of their belongings. Brilliant.
She said she had one more gift, and that she hoped Eliana wouldn't catch her leaving it. But, of course, she did.
more gift for her and would leave it this afternoon and hoped 😉 she wouldn’t catch me. As they came back from their… https://t.co/snDSGq67eK— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607743662.0
They got to sit and talk for about an hour, and Eliana asked "a million questions about what life is like as a fairy."
"It was incredible and one of the most important and impactful afternoons of my life thus far," wrote Kelly. "I hope one day when she's older she can understand that I truly needed her as much as she needed me these past few months."
most important and impactful afternoons of my life thus far. I hope one day when she’s older she can understand tha… https://t.co/MVN4Tj7apT— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607744113.0
Eliana wrote Sapphire a story in the form of a tiny book, and the two plan to keep in touch from time to time.
"She's changed me forever," Kelly wrote, "and the things her mom has said about how her self-confidence, her kindness towards others and her creativity have skyrocketed since meeting me make me feel like I made an impact too."
I hope that’s....a good thing 🤣 https://t.co/YnP5bxAsAQ— kelly victoria 🪐 (@kelly victoria 🪐)1607761067.0
Childhood is naturally magical in many ways, but to have a person help spur on a child's imagination and creativity, especially at a time when we all need a break from reality, is truly heartwarming to see. This is magic as it should be. What a beautiful gift these two have given each other—and to the rest of us as well.
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