Innocence is Bliss
Maya, a wisp of a girl with eyes the color of the robin’s egg, lived in a world painted in hues of wonder. Her sandbox wasn’t just sand, it was a moonlit desert crossed by caravans of beetles. The puddles after a storm weren’t just puddles, they were pirate lagoons teeming with sea slugs and whispers of sunken treasure. Even the gnarled oak in the garden wasn’t just a tree, it was a slumbering giant, its knobby knees and moss-bearded chin hiding secrets of forgotten giants and whispering winds.
One sunny afternoon, while battling dragons in the forsythia bushes (or, more accurately, tangled branches), Maya found a tiny, speckled eggshell. It lay nestled on a bed of clover, like a dropped star, the sun painting it with a delicate warmth. Her eyes widened with awe. In her world, eggs meant giants, fire-breathing and wise. This egg, small as her thumb, whispered of giants unlike any she had ever imagined.
She cradled it close, her imagination filling the empty shell with feathers of spun gold and a heart that beat with the rhythm of the earth. She built a nest for it in the crook of the oak, lining it with dandelion fluff and softest petals. Every day, she’d visit, whispering stories of brave knights and moonlit meadows, singing lullabies learned from the wind.
Days bled into weeks, and the sun began its slow descent to winter. Maya’s heart ached, for the egg hadn’t hatched. Had the giant chickened out? Or perhaps, she thought, it didn’t need hatching. Maybe it was a giant of dreams, content to slumber in its starry shell, whispering its wisdom directly to her heart.
One snowy morning, Maya went to visit her giant. The egg was gone. Panic seized her, clutching at her throat like a frozen fist. Where had it gone? Had a bigger giant stolen it? Had it hatched and flown away, leaving her behind?
Then, she saw it. Nestled snugly in the soft snow, a tiny feather glinted, golden as fire. Maya’s hand flew to her mouth, a gasp caught in her throat. She knelt, eyes tracing the outline of tiny footprints leading away from the nest. Not dragon prints, these. Small, delicate prints, like ballerina steps in the snow.
Following the trail, she saw it. A robin, no bigger than her hand, its chest ablaze with gold. It hopped, chirping a melody both familiar and new, a melody woven from her whispered stories and the wind’s lullaby. Maya’s heart overflowed. Her giant hadn’t abandoned her. It had simply transformed, taking flight on wings of song, carrying her stories and dreams into the world.
In that moment, Maya understood. Innocence wasn’t about seeing giants in trees or dragons in bushes. It was about nurturing that wonder, letting it transform, finding giants in robins and magic in the whisper of the wind. It was about holding onto the stardust in your heart, even when the eggshells don’t hatch the way you expect.
As the robin soared away, a tiny speck of gold against the winter sky, Maya knew that her world, with its giants and pirates and moonlit deserts, would never be the same. It would be even more wondrous, filled with the echo of her love and the silent knowledge that magic, in its purest form, lived not in giants, but in the beating heart of a little girl named Maya.