by Danny Garrett
As our Princess does her good deed for the sick boy, the story – and its illuminations continue.
The first illumination we encounter is not of a thing, but an action – the act of laughing. This particular image is of an elf, or other such diminutive creature, having a hearty belly laugh. Significantly, in this regard, we see the elfin face light up with laughter – even the eyes – while holding his belly. The next illumination, “happy” images a state of being, and does so with blue rays.
The second paragraph is a bit richer, with three illuminations instead of two. The puppy is revisited, only this time smaller,
but with a full image of the puppy. “Princess” is again crowned with a coronet, though “April” is unadorned. However, there is a beautiful illumination of a beautiful bird. Red, with a blue breast, it sits upon a flowering branch.
Though this is a generic bird, and not the one whose wing is ultimately mended, it evokes in me my favorite bird of central Texas – the painted bunting. In that particular bird, the color scheme is reversed, with red breast and blue wings – garnished with yellow epaulets on each. How I wish I could have seen a Letitia illumination of a painted bunting!
The last paragraph contains only one illumination, but it is a powerful one. It is an image of the Fairy School itself. Here we have a four-story cream colored mushroom, topped with a
pink cap. Flowers grow all about and a flag, emblazoned with “Fairy School” tops it. Well, almost. There is the faithful blue butterfly atop the flag pole itself. And also a lovely fairy ‘student’ sitting atop the roof cap.