When the princeling was about 4, he started having horrible nightmares. I mentioned that we could go somewhere in our dreams and meet.
And thus, the candy garden bloomed again.
Fountains spilling Skittles, a Sprite stream filled with Swedish Red
Fish and gummy sharks. You get the idea. I wrote a flash fiction story
about it. The Princeling adds to it, or subtracts, depending on his
current likes. He is now 8.
When I was in the hospital in June, he was with my sister in law. In
talking on the phone with him, he asked me, sobbing, where to meet him
that night. “Do you want to go to the candy garden?”
Sniffling, he replied: How about a candy ocean? The sand is sugar, and….
And we were off. Something amazing happened that night, something
amazing that touched my soul in a way no other story that I ever have
come up with has.
The Candy Garden is imprinted on my son’s soul. And when we’re
separated, he knows, deep down inside, that he can go there and find his
mom. It’s an avenue for our creativity to go wild, together, but more
than that… It brings my child comfort.
So yes, one story can make a huge difference. Even if it’s a one off,
a way to sooth a child at bed time. It can grow, it can morph and take
on a life of it’s own… And can feel like a warm hug on a dark and scary
night when you’re miles from your mommy.