Because everyone is in need of a little magic these days.
Everyone’s been in need of a little extra magic lately — especially this four-year-old girl named Eliana.
At the start of the pandemic, Eliana was feeling a little lonely in quarantine so her parents helped her set up a fairy garden outside of their home in California.
Pretty soon, photographer Kelly Victoria, who was going through a tough time herself, noticed the growing garden in her neighborhood. She immediately knew she had to do something special. That’s when she penned her first note as Sapphire the Fairy:
Kelly says she didn’t expect a response to her note but the next day, she found a handwritten letter from Eliana explaining she had completed all of Sapphire’s tasks. She even included a drawing of her favorite animal so Sapphire could show the other fairies:
Of course, Sapphire provided the dice she promised to Eliana (and a note to her parents letting them know who she was)! And thus began a magical relationship between Eliana and Sapphire the Fairy.
“Doing this every night gave me purpose in a horribly painful and lonely time. I looked forward to my days again and I started ordering art supplies and little trinkets to leave her,” Kelly wrote.
At one point, Eliana requested a photo of Sapphire and Kelly rose to the occasion thanks to some items she had from an old Halloween costume!
After nine months of writing back and forth, Eliana’s mom let Kelly know that the family was moving and would have to leave the fairy garden behind. Eliana was having a hard time with the news, so Sapphire let her know she had to move too.
And thanks to some magic that allows fairies to turn into the size of humans when they are moving to new gardens, Eliana and Sapphire finally got the chance to meet.
After the story went viral on Twitter, Kelly penned a poignant message, encouraging everyone to “be a Sapphire” for someone else.
Kelly noted that everyone needs a little more magic in their lives to cling to right now, especially children. “The kids are in this together with us and they’re going to remember how we acted,” she told BuzzFeed, adding that “anyone can do things like this!”
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