Friendship Between 'Fairy' & 4-Year-Old Girl During Lockdown Goes Viral

by Julie Scagell
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The two were finally able to meet and talk all things fairy

If you need a feel-good story right about now (and who doesn’t), meet this adorable four-year-old and her friend — a real life “fairy” who met during the pandemic and will likely be friends forever.

Kelly Kenney, a photographer based in Los Angeles, took to Twitter to let people in on her budding relationship with a little girl that used to live in her neighborhood. The pair became fast friends over a fairy garden and a desire to feel less lonely, and their story will melt your heart.

“I think everyone could use a lighthearted/happy story right now so here goes,” Kenney began on Twitter. “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. One night I was walking down my street and noticed that someone had set up a few little objects in a tree planter and upon closer inspection I realized it was a fairy garden with a little note about the 4 year old girl who felt lonely in quarantine and wanted to spread some cheer.”

The next day, Kenney said she wrote a note back pretending to be a fairy named Sapphire who had come to live in the tree. She wrote a set of tasks for the little girl to complete if she wanted to earn “magical fairy dice” as a gift.


The tasks that Kenney asked were to “say five nice things to people you love, do three helpful things for someone in need, promise to always be kind and brave, and to show love to those in need and to draw a picture of your favorite animal so she could show the other fairies.” Kenney said she wasn’t sure if the girl would respond, but the very next night, Eliana responded and the rest, they say, is viral history.


“I think the story took off like it has because a lot of people are lonely this year, there’s been a lot of pain, and we all need reminders sometimes that everyone could use a little magic, not just children,” Kenney tells Scary Mommy. “Though, if you do decide to make something special for a child, make sure to check in with their parents to make sure it’s ok with them.”


“I definitely didn’t think it would take off like it has I didn’t have many followers on Twitter and I went to bed before it had even 10 likes and then woke up to chaos,” she continued. “But I’m happy it’s had such a wonderful response and has touched a lot of hearts. That makes the craziness worth it.”


The two kept up their long distance relationship even when Eliana moved out of the neighborhood. “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,” Kenney shared on Twitter. “I got to chat with her mom via text to make sure my gifts were a little more personal.”


Kenney even dressed up as a fairy for pictures to send the little girl and they were finally able to meet recently after they both received negative COVID-19 tests. Eliana was understandably smitten with Sapphire in person, as was she. “We got to sit and talk for about an hour and she asked me a million questions about what life is like as a fairy,” Kenney wrote on Twitter. “It was incredible and one of the most important and impactful afternoons of my life thus far.”


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