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Friday, May 24, 2013
Every gardener believes in garden fairies, but it is quite unusual to find one flitting about your garden in a pink tutu and tiara, with long, flowing blond hair and clog sandals. But this is the very sight I first witnessed four summers ago, not knowing then that she was just 4, going on 5 in December.
We didn’t speak often, as she would just laugh and tip-toe about, hiding among large trees. When I did approach and ask her name, each time she would identify herself as a fairy princess, a dancer, and once she said she was Snow White and was looking for her dwarfs, and she asked if she could go into my pine tree woods to look for them.
One day, last summer, she did pause long enough to tell me her dog, Charlie Brown, had cancer and was sick.
I became accustomed to visits from my garden fairy each spring and throughout summer, and I witnessed her rapid, spurting growth over these years, but the tutus and costumes only changed in color. Purple seemed to be favored.
My little garden fairy, Jaden Paige Baker, died suddenly at the age of just 8 May 10, 2013, the result of a tragic accident. I will dearly miss the presence of this lovely garden visitor, and I will mourn her absence.
JUDITH W. WYCOFF
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