Behind this seemingly normal interaction between Fairy Godmother and a Disney guest is a story of heartfelt compassion, grief and kindness. Inside of the teddy bear lay the ashes of Janice Murphy’s daughter, Annaliese. Murphy shared her appreciation of this moment in a Facebook post on Monday that has since gone viral.
In less than 24 hours, her post has been shared over 12k times.
Via Janice Maureen Murphy:
To the Fairy Godmother I didn’t know I needed,
You had no idea the young woman that was holding a purple teddy bear was me. I was just another stranger, waiting in line to meet a character at the most magical place on Earth. I was smiling but you didn’t know I spent 10 minutes in tears over the things my daughter will never experience. You had no idea what that purple teddy bear represents to me.
Despite your utter lack of knowledge, you included the bear in our interaction…. And when you found out that my daughter died, and that her ashes are within the bear, you treated her the same way you treat every child that comes to see you every single day: with love, compassion and kindness. When you hugged her, and kissed her cheek, you made me feel like Analiese mattered to you.
You may not ever see this, and even if you do, you may not remember us. But I will always remember you, and how you hugged and loved on my daughter as if she was like any other child. You helped me feel her spirit in a place she was never able to visit while alive.
Thank you thank you thank you.
Unfortunately, Fairy Godmother will no longer be making regular appearances at the Magic Kingdom due to budget cuts. What a beautiful way to say both hello and goodbye all at the very same time.
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Photo credit: Janice Maureen Murphy