WE LEFT a friend on Mount Kosciuszko.

The friend of my daughter found herself stranded somewhere north of Rawson Pass and near the 2228m summit, while we were distracted by the snow.

What's worse is that we didn't realise.

Her name is Jemima. She is my one-year-old's beloved doll - dressed in a flower crown, wielding a wand.
 

This is no place for a lost fairy princess.
This is no place for a lost fairy princess.

We realised as we reached the bottom of the mountain, and shortly before the chairlift back to terra firma was turned off.

Panicked, my wife and I agreed we had lost Jemima.

"Mima. Lost." My daughter understood. She was devastated.

Missing: Last seen atop Mount Kosciuszko. Have you seen this Jemima?
Missing: Last seen atop Mount Kosciuszko. Have you seen this Jemima?

For two days she repeated that phrase as we tried to convince her that "Mima" was safe.

But Mima was having her own adventure. A hero came to her aid.

She was delivered down the mountain by this Samaritan and placed in the fork of a tree at the mountain's base.

A staffer saw her and stored her in lost and found.

A last-ditch effort was made before we left the Snowy Mountains - had anyone at the centre seen Jemima?

"Is she wearing a flower crown?"

We sped back to Kosciusko, and my daughter was reunited with her beloved.
 

Prologue: There was no way she was letting go of Jemima ever again. One big adventure was enough.
Prologue: There was no way she was letting go of Jemima ever again. One big adventure was enough. Owen Jacques

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