Josephine’s Secret Garden
Josephine entered her garden with thoughts of her discovery as a child. At age eight, she found her Secret Garden. Josephine knew there was something behind the large wooden gate on the estate, but it was locked. Eventually, she found the key hidden under a rock. She entered this magical place full of beauty and wonder with every imaginable flower and color.
The garden was her safe place. Josephine went there when fighting occurred at home. She hid away and played imaginary games of princesses, dragons, princes, and dungeons. As she grew older, she escaped to the Secret Garden to write stories and poems. It was still her safe place.
Older now and in her sixties, she still found solace in her garden though no longer a secret. She went daily to work on her art and writing. She was an independent, strong woman who had outgrown her fear and grown into her own.
Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 154
This story was what I imagined could have happened to Josephine (Mary) when she grew older. My favorite story is “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. For more information see The Secret Garden.
Thank you, Graham Lawrence for the photo prompt.