Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a beautiful little girl, named Hayden. She had long blond hair, blue-eyes and was three years old.
Hayden loved, her Grandparent’s and she often wanted to go to their house. She enjoyed having all the extra love and attention she received from Grandpa and Grandma.
One day, when she was playing in her room, she decided that she would ask her Mother if she could go see her Grandparents. “Mama, can I go to Grandpa and Grandma’s today?” Hayden asked.
“Not today honey.” Her Mother said, “but we can call them and ask if you can come this weekend.”
After Hayden’s Mama talked with Grandma on the phone, Mama told her, “Grandma said she and Grandpa, would love to have you over for the weekend.”
“Can I go now Mama, please?” Hayden said hopefully.
“No sweetheart today is Wednesday. I will take you Friday, when I pick you up from school.”
Hayden thought it was going to take forever for Friday to get there.
On Friday morning Hayden’s Mother said, “Do you know what today is?”
Hayden was so excited she could hardly speak.” It’s Friday,” she yelled with delight.
“Yes, and when I pick you up from school today we-“
“Then we go to Grandpa and Grandma’s house, right?” Hayden said as she interrupted her Mother.
The day seemed to go so slowly, as Hayden waited for two-o’clock. Then suddenly, she looked up and saw her Mother standing there. Hayden squealed aloud, it was finally time to go. She grabbed her Mother’s hand and pulled her towards the door.
“Let’s go Mama”. Soon they were in the car headed to Grandpa and Grandma’s house.
Hayden was quiet as they drove, she was thinking about the magic at her Grandparent’s house. She had tried to tell Mama about the wonderful magic that she enjoyed every time she went to her Grandparents house, but Mama could not really understand. That was all right with her; the only thing that truly mattered was that she understood, and she loved every minute of it. Magic was…, well just Magic. Then they were there.
Grandpa and Grandma were standing exactly where she had left them the last time she was here. They were even still waving at her.” See, she told her Mother, magic.”
“What is magic, Hayden?” Her Mother asked.
Hayden did not stop to answer her Mother; she ran to her Grandparents. Reaching up to kiss and hug her Grandmother, Hayden said, “Can we do magic now Grandma, please?
Grandma laughed and said, “In a little while my precious. Now run give Grandpa a big hug. We missed you so very much.”
After her Mother left, Hayden went inside the house with her Grandparents and the fun began. Everything was exactly where she had left it. Hayden loved her treasure chest and so she carried it to the dining room. While Grandma worked preparing dinner, Hayden and Grandpa played pirates, built things with her connects set, and they sang songs. Her favorite song was Lavender Blue and all three of them joined in singing it together.
Soon, the evening was over, it was time for her bath and then bedtime. Hayden really did not mind at all, for now the real magic would begin. She gave her Grandpa his hugs and kisses, told him goodnight, “I love you Grandpa.”
“I love you too my princess, goodnight, sleep tight…”
“Don’t let the bed-bugs bite.” Hayden finished the sentence as she hurried of to bed.
“Grandma, Can we watch “Kangaroo Jack” tonight?”
“Get into bed and we will watch the movie, then we are going to take a magical trip to the strawberry patch. How does that sound to you?”
“I love it,” she said as she kissed her Grandmothers cheek.
When the movie was over, the lights were all off, only then did the real magic occur. Grandma reached over, took Hayden’s hand into hers and said,”Close your eyes because we need them closed to find the Land of the Magic Strawberry Patch.”
In a soft voice, Grandma said. ”Once upon a time, there was a beautiful kingdom where only animals lived. The sky was always a beautiful azure blue with puffy white clouds that were smiley faces floating overhead. When you look up the clouds would wink at you.
The grass was an emerald-green and everywhere you looked, there were strawberry patches full of large, delicious, ruby-red strawberries.
Now there were many different kinds of vegetables, because all the animals needed food, but those strawberries were so wonderful that every animal in the kingdom ate them for desert.
That night Hayden and her Grandmother went to the Kingdom. They could go there because Hayden had her stuffed Rabbit, Bun-Bun, with them. The magic let them in.
When they walked over to the strawberries, they saw all the Rabbits’ sitting there eating strawberries.
Walking up to the family of rabbits, Grandma and Hayden both said hello to them.
“Please join us, have some of these delicious strawberries.” Mama rabbit said.
“Why thank you.” Grandma and Hayden replied.
Hayden was surprised to hear the rabbits talking, but when she laid her rabbit, Bun-Bun, down on the ground, he said, “It is about time we came here. Hi, Hopper Family,” Hayden was flabbergasted. Then Bun-Bun jumped up and started eating strawberries as fast as he could stuff them in his mouth.
When Hayden and Bun-Bun were full, they followed the Hopper kids to the stream and spent a long time playing in the water. The Children taught Hayden how to play Hop Scotch-bunny style, and she taught them the words to Lavender Blue and all her favorite songs.”
Grandma’s voice faded into the background and Hayden spent a magical night eating strawberries and playing in the strawberry patch with Bun-bun and hundreds of talking rabbits.
For tonight only, Hayden and Grandma must say, “The End.”