First....the Story....Lilu’s Unicorn Story
Hi, I’m Lilu’s mom. I want to tell you about the unicorn in our backyard. It all started last March when Spring came and all the flowers began to bloom. I was just minding my own business, doing the dishes at the kitchen sink and I glanced out the back window to see a white and pink blur just out of sight. “What the heck was THAT?!” I remember asking myself. I was so puzzled that I just figured it was my imagination.
I almost forgot about that encounter until two weeks later when I heard the crows yelling. I was curious about what made them cause such a ruckus, and I looked out my bedroom window. My eyes widened and I think my jaw must have dropped all the way to the floor, because outside in the backyard I saw it – a UNICORN.
Could it be real? It sure looked real. He was beautiful. Tall with long legs, white fur with a pinkish-purplish mane and tail. His horn looked like it was made out of pearls. And I swear he sparkled.
He didn’t know that I was looking at him. I debated whether I should stay and admire him while he was there, or take a chance to grab my camera. I decided to go for the camera – I mean, how else is anyone going to believe that I saw a unicorn? They’ll think I’m crazy!
Quietly, I tiptoed out on the deck, ready to snap my picture. I didn’t realize it, but 2-year-old Toby had followed behind me. He saw what was in our yard and yelled, “Horse!!”
OH NO!! Startled, the unicorn bolted and jumped over the fence. I only managed to get a blurry picture of his rear end. Argh!! So frustrating!
At least I had SOMETHING to show to my family and friends. But still, I was met with a lot of skepticism: “Oh, you just made that picture on your computer, that didn’t really happen.” Or “I don’t see a horn on it, and besides, unicorns aren’t real.” I was so bummed that nobody believed me – except for Lilu – she LOVED unicorns.
Every day I watched for that unicorn. I would sit in the backyard with Toby hoping that he would come by again. But weeks went by and nothing. Lilu would come home from school and ask me all excitedly, “Did he come, mom? Did you see him?” and I’d have to tell her “no, not today.” It was making the both of us a little glum.
Then one sunny day after a rain, something else amazing happened. I was on the deck, looking out into the yard when a yellow butterfly flew up and landed on the railing next to me. When I examined the butterfly more closely, I realized that it wasn’t a butterfly at all – it was a little fairy! Two magical things at our house! What are the odds?
I had to get right up close to hear her, for her voice was so small, but she introduced herself as Eilie, princess of the Tiger Swallowtails.
She knew I was looking for the unicorn, and she told me that I was very lucky to see as much of him as I did. “He must be coming here for a very good reason,” she said. “The only thing that I can think of that would bring one of the unicorns out in public would be that they are getting ready to name their next Unicorn Princess. Perhaps they believe that she lives here.”
I gasped! “Lilu! He’s looking for Lilu! She’s at school all day, that’s why he can’t find her!”
“Ahh, you have a little girl! Then that really must be the reason he’s been here,” Eilie replied. “Tell you what,” she added, “I will ask around and see if there’s a way to get him to come when she’s home. Meanwhile, keep watering the garden by the playground, I know that unicorns find those particular flowers hard to resist.”
That was good advice that Eilie gave me and I passed it on to Lilu. She watered that garden diligently every day, and look who came by!!
The unicorn ran off when he saw me, and I yelled after him, “She’s here!! Your Unicorn Princess is here! She’s just at school right now! Please stay!!!” But either he didn’t understand me or he was too frightened, because he just bolted over the fence again.
At least now I have two good pictures of him to show people that he really does exist! Fairies too! Lilu made me print out copies of the photos and she keeps them by her bed at night. I hadn’t yet told her that she might be the next Unicorn Princess, because I was not quite sure if that was true and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings if it wasn’t. She was happy enough simply having some magical visitors.
Up until now we’ve been keeping our unicorn story a secret. But something happened yesterday and we need your help. We were having dinner, and the doorbell rang. I went to answer it with the kids running after me like they always do, but when I opened the door, there was nobody there. As I closed the door, Lilu shouted, “What’s that!?” She picked the item up before I even saw what she was talking about. It was a teeny tiny yellow envelope, left sitting on the welcome mat.
“I think it’s a letter from a fairy!” I told Lilu. “Go ahead and open it!”
Luckily, Lilu had just gotten a magnifying glass, otherwise, it would’ve been very hard to read this note! It said…Dearest Lilu,
Rumor has it that the Sunday after Midsummer, the unicorns will come for their princess, and I think it just might be you! On that day you must assemble 5 of your friends to become your princess court. Dress like you are a Unicorn Princess already – the sparklier, the better! When you are done, recite the following poem, and then the unicorns will know that you are ready!
O, unicorn with coat so white,
Your beauty is divine,
With all my heart and soul,
I wish you could be mine.
For if you were, I'd love you so,
And protect you from all harm,
So all the world would come to know,
The magic of your charm.
So, on the Sunday after Midsummer (June 24th), we will throw a party to welcome the unicorns! It just so happens to be Lilu’s birthday party too! The girls will transform into princesses and who knows what we might see!
Hope to see you there!!
...that was the invitation to the party, courtesy of a liberal dose of photoshop.
Back with the party rundown...
edited to add: I wrote everything but the poem - got that off the web - the creativity well was runnin' dry by that point!