My five year old daughter is quite the adventurer, we always have to keep an eye on her or she will disappear. On the weekend my wife went out with her friends and I was home babysitting. I had spent the morning playing with my daughter and had done a great job of keeping her out of trouble. When I needed to go to the bathroom, I gave her very clear instructions to stay where she was. I was gone for no longer than two minutes, but when I came back, my daughter was nowhere to be seen. I quickly noticed that the door had been left open, and soon afterwards heard some cries coming from outside. Expecting her in the garden playing with the dog, I rushed out to find my daughter had cut a large hole in our hedges. We had just had the garden landscaped and now the hedge a huge hole the shape of my daughter. My wife and I thought a lot about the kind of garden we wanted for ourself and for our child to grow up in. My daughter simply adores the idea of fairies and was adamant that our new garden had bright gladiolus flowers to attract the magical creatures. We planned the entire garden around this idea of magic and colour. It was a bold idea for the garden landscaping, Melbourne had nothing like what we had planned I was sure of it.
I had lived in the house for over ten years and the garden hedge had been there when I moved in, replacing it had never been very high on priority list so we planned around it. Now, of course, I would have to make some decisions. My wife and I had talked at length about putting in outdoor pavers, friends had them in their gardens to make a path. Perhaps if we had put in the pavers my daughter would have followed the path instead of diving through the landscaping. Apparently, my daughter had decided to go looking for faeries and had fallen through the hedge. She had put too much force into her landing and had fallen right through. How I did not hear the crash is beyond me, but my daughter’s cries were very quiet. She had disobeyed me, and was afraid that if she called out for help, she would be in trouble for not doing as she was told. Needless to say, I was just relieved to have her unharmed. The garden landscaping could be fixed easily, ground cover roses grow back after all. I told my daughter that I would tell her mummy that I had fallen through the hedge, she giggled at the thought.