As the world experiences unthinkable grief, it is my hope that this story which I wrote for my granddaughter recently, will lighten your spirit, if even for a few minutes.
Friday night Greta had a lot to think about. It was the end of her first week in Kindergarten and she had so much on her mind her brain was doing summersaults, so at bedtime she was still restless.
When it was time to fall asleep, Greta chose a few books to read. This usually helped her to slip away to dreamland, but that night she was still wide awake
What should she do?
She turned off her bed lamp, rolled onto her back, put her hands behind her head, and stared at the ceiling. For some reason the glow-in-the-dark stars were catching her attention more than usual.
As she relaxed back onto her pillow, Greta started to imagine what it would be like to fly around in space.
I’ll need a spaceship. And what if I crash into a planet or get hit by an asteroid? Will I meet some aliens? And hey, I wonder if aliens have pets?
By the time Greta finally dropped off for the night, she was flying around in space. And that’s when things got really interesting.
In her dream she spotted a pinpoint of light zooming straight towards her out of the pitch black.
When it stopped, not too far from her, she could see it was a ball of blue and white crystal light, not much bigger than herself.
As she waited and watched a small blue fairy stepped out of the ball and fluttered over to her. Her smile was as bright as a bowl of diamonds, almost blinding.
Greta loved her short blue hair, sparkly wings, and tiny blue fairy boots, and was immediately entranced.
“Little one, my name is Maia and I come from a star system far away. I heard you dreaming about the stars tonight and thinking about space. Since that is my specialty, I hopped into my starship and here I am.”
Greta’s mind was twirling with excitement, and her mouth wouldn’t work at all. She couldn’t even squeak out a “hi”.
With that Maia reached back to a hidden pocket in her wings and carefully removed a small, silky pouch.
From inside the pouch she withdrew a handful of sparkles. Some floated away as she held her hand out in front of her, disappearing off into the darkness.
Before Greta could even ask, Maia explained,
“It’s magic fairy dust”
In the next instant, Maia waived her hand gracefully towards Greta. Sparkles floated over to her on a soft golden ribbon of light that covered her body from head to toe.
As the magic dust settled, Greta could feel her heart warm up. She didn’t remember ever being so happy, not even when she got her puppy.
“Greta, you are now my friend. My fairy dust is for children with big imaginations and adventurous spirits. And what better way to explore than in your dreams.”
Maia went on to tell her that anytime Greta wanted to see her, all she needed to do was think of her before she fell asleep.
By now Greta was convinced anything was possible, and planned to do just that. She wondered what the inside of Maia’s starship was like and if Maia would teach her how to fly it.
“Oh Maia, I’m excited for a new friend, especially a space fairy! My name is Greta.”
“Very pleased to meet you, Greta. See you again soon.”
Then with a sparkly wave, she disappeared into her starship and zipped away.
The next morning Greta woke up excited and wasn’t sure why. Right after breakfast she ran to the playroom and began searching for books on space.
How interesting? Oh well. She loved to read anyways, so dropped onto the cozy carpet and flipped open the first book.
The End – for now
Greta’s new friend Maia was named after one of the stars in the Pleiadian Star System. The Ancient Greeks have a legend as to how this star system, also called The Seven Sisters, came into being. The sisters are said to be daughters of Pleione and Atlas.
With love and blessings to all, wherever you are in the world, and whatever your circumstances.
As always, comments are welcome.
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