hell bent on it being a Fairy Garden so we purchased tiny little fairy houses and wee little ceramic fairies and the kids built tiny rock paths to each house. As I pulled weeds and planted flowers they would rearrange the houses and try to come up with different ways to beautify the fairy garden. Their imaginations ran wild. We didn’t invest a lot of money into the items in the garden but each item was unique and served a purpose in fairy world.
Yesterday when I went to the garden I noticed a few of the fairy
houses and all of the fairies missing. I thought tending a garden with my
children would teach them a sense of community and how fulfilling volunteer work can be. Early on we discussed the possibility that someone could take things from the garden but both children were adamant that we have good people in Monticello and that we wouldn’t have to worry about that. They are typical kids with untarnished hearts and spotless souls.
Believe it or not we’ve had a problem at the gardens with people
stealing plants and flowers. Apparently they come down in the dead of night and dig up whatever tickles their fancy. This proves that we are not talking about “typical” kids doing stupid things. This takes some work and a shovel and the people seem to know a thing or two about gardening because they are taking some of our best plants. Amazing isn’t it?
Will was mad about the fairies being gone but McKenzie cried and
was very emotional when I told her. I convinced her that writing a letter to the editor of our newspaper would be a good way to get her feelings out and to get her point across. I sent the letter last night. This is what she wrote;
Hello my name is McKenzie Maas I am 9 years old. My mom, brother, and I volunteer at Riverside Gardens. We decided to create a fairy garden in the spring and today my mom was at the garden while I was at school. I could not believe it when she told me that someone stole all of the fairies, the little ladder the fairies used to climb up the rock wall, and some of their houses. I am so upset and angry that someone would do that! I cried when my Mom told me. Fairies are kind and good and they do not deserve to be with people that steal so please return them. I
thought that everyone in Monticello was kind, nice, and would never steal but I was wrong. I wish that they would return the fairies and apologize. I always thought that the fairies helped the garden grow so I hope they will return them.
Now if that doesn’t break the heart of fairy lovers everywhere
then nothing ever will.
And there you have it. Mac’s first, “life is not fair”experience.
She wore a Tinker Bell bracelet to school today in memory of the missing fairies.