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A little girl had a secret hideaway
a magical fruit and vegetable garden in the mountains
overlooking the sea.
The garden was hidden in the mountains of Psara, Greece,
a small, remote island to the northeast of Athens
where the little girl and her sister were sent to live
with their grandmother.
On a solo walk one day,
she stumbled upon a small, enclosed area.
She decided to make it her own.
She made the deserted space bloom with color:
small tomatoes and zucchini, wild greens, chamomile leaves, flowers and herbs.
She often brought her harvested treasures to her grandmother
claiming they were from the family garden
so she could keep her own a secret.
There were times her grandmother could not understand
how the zucchinis had grown so big,
given that the day before they had been half the size,
The little girl told her
she had sung the songs the grandmother taught her
and given them a kiss
to let them know that she loves them.
And they responded by growing quicker.