A woman found the most special way to connect with her young neighbor during the dark days of quarantine by creating the persona of a fairy named Sapphire.

By Zara Hanawalt
December 17, 2020
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Pandemic-induced loneliness is real—and kids are experiencing it too. But one woman found a really special, incredibly sweet way to connect with her four-year-old neighbor and it's a powerful reminder that, while we may be adopting social distancing measures for the foreseeable future, we can still find ways to come together and help each other through this reality.

"I think everyone could use a lighthearted/happy story right now so here goes," a Twitter user named Kelly Victoria posted. "At the beginning of the pandemic, I went through some painful personal stuff and would often go out at night for long walks because no one was around and I couldn't sleep anyway."

But she never imagined these walks would lead to an unlikely friendship—or the creation of her alter ego, Sapphire the Fairy.

During one of those long walks, she came across a fairy garden that had been set up on her street. An accompanying note explained that the garden had been set up by a four-year-old girl who was feeling that pandemic loneliness and hoped to brighten someone's day with her display.

The next day, Victoria wrote the young girl a note pretending to be a fairy named Sapphire. She made a few requests of her reader: That she say five nice things to people she loves, do three helpful things for someone in need, that she always be kind and brave, and that she share a drawing of her favorite animal. If the little girl fulfilled these requests, Sapphire would give her a set of magical dice.

When Victoria went for a walk the following night, she found something that moved her to tears: A drawing from the little girl, whose name is Eliana, along with a note indicating she'd fulfilled all the requests (she even picked up trash and recycling around the neighborhood).

This set a beautiful friendship in motion—Victoria and Eliana continued to write notes back and forth to one another (in one, Eliana adorably told Sapphire the fairy to "please be safe from the sickness").

"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," Victoria wrote. "We wrote back and forth throughout the last 9 months, helping each other feel less lonely and I got to chat with her mom via text to make sure my gifts were a little more personal. At one point she asked for a photo of me and thankfully I had some elf costume items from the previous Halloween so I photoshopped some photos of myself in costume, looking like a fairy."

What a lovely story: It proves there's still good out there, and that in the middle of all its devastation, people have managed to produce some truly beautiful moments during the pandemic. More of this in 2021, please!

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