Friday, 16 September 2011

Do you believe in fairies?




My elder daughter, Olivia, is nearly eight. She is mature and self composed, and fairly cool.

She is on the cusp of adopting all sorts of tweenager habits and interests.

She wears blue nail polish, wants to play the DS all the time, watches Lizzie Maguire and Naturally Sadie. She has tendencies towards a little bit of tweeny attitude at times.

But with the constant losing of wobbly teeth, and the repeat appearances of the tooth fairy for both Olivia and my son Charlie, it seems that a mature little girl can still be swayed to the magical belief in fairies.

Olivia and a crew of her little school friends have been collecting pebbles and flowers and writing notes over the past few days, to make a fairy ring.

To be honest, I am little fairy'd out, so I just let them get on with it, and didn't take much notice.

Until I went to collect her from school today, and was greeted with her beaming ecstatic face.

She and her friends had spent all recess creating a special fairy ring, in the hope of enticing a response from some magical little fairy creatures. A quiet spot on one of the school lawns had been picked out as the spot. Notes had been written, with, I believe, requests for chocolate, and fairy dust, and free wishes...


And upon returning to their fairy ring at lunch time, to survey their endeavours, they realised the fairies had indeed been!

Silver charms had been left, along with  a lolly or two, accompanied by an adorable little note from the fairies. All written in gold glittery pen, with some tiny petals added to the fairy ring.

I cannot begin to describe the joy and excitement that these fairy messages have evoked in my Olivia. She is utterly enchanted. The detail of the day and the activities and the reward all effervesced from her. She is so happy, she is holding the knowledge that fairies really do exist close to her heart.

So this evening I am grateful, so very very grateful to "the fairy" that created this magic for my daughter and her friends. Whether it was another Mum, or perhaps one of the older students, I am not sure. It could have been a teacher, or one of the school support officers. No one has 'fessed up. (No doubt they are holding the secret close too.)

But I am grateful that for the magical place we are can find ourselves in, when little girls can be little girls, and wonder and sparkle can be created from a little imagination and a little kindness.

Do you believe in fairies? 


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PS I am, of course, linking this up to Maxabella's weekly Grateful linky, which is being hosted this week by Brenda at Mira Narnie.

38 comments:

  1. What a beautiful act of kindness. I hope Olivia holds on to her belief in fairies for a little longer. She's too lovely to become a teenager.

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  2. Makes me want to squeeze out a tear of joy, that such gorgeously delicious simple acts still exist in the world.

    May they forever.

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  3. I was so afraid you were going to tell us that some bully destroyed all their innocent work..... So, was very happy to see that that there was a little fairy dust sprinkled on a dusty oval by a real fairy. Such a counterpoint in this age of destruction and ugliness.

    You will make a believer out of me yet.

    A wonderful story, beautifully told.

    Warmest regards

    M

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  4. Great story. I think it's great that little ones have their beliefs and these little magical ideas they can hold on to. and seeing their excitement makes it all worth it. And I too am thankful it was not destroyed by bullies. XO

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  5. It was the fairies! It really really was...

    from an avid fairy believer, because you're never too old to believe. :)

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  6. Lucy,
    This is wonderful ...... I purchased two books this past August titled - Fairy Houses...Everywhere!- and -Fairy Houses and Beyond!"

    These two books are written by Barry & Tracy Kane

    They show WONDERFUL Fairy houses you can make, using all natural material from the woods and forrest floor.

    If you could find these for your daughter she would be delighted. If you can't find them, let me know and I will send them to you so you could give them to her.

    Your blog buddy,
    Barbie

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  7. That's gorgeous. I hope who ever did that for those little girls has a fantastic weekend because they deserve it.

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  8. This is the 2nd 'random act of kindness' from a stranger that I have heard about today. My faith in humanity is beginning to be restored! Now I just have to remember to pay it forward should I ever have the opportunity.

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  9. My eight year old with all her logic and intellect can't get her head around how they exist but she does believe in them.

    She has already started to ask questions and I know she doesn't really want to know. Not yet but the thinker in her can't help but ask. We are doing all we can to make sure she holds onto that magic for as long as she can.

    Oh and for the record, I do believe in fairies! ;p

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  10. our daughters could be twins! a recent fairy ring endeavour in our front yard was rewarded with sparkly pencils, a muslin bag of hold fairy dust and a note ... I guess it won't be too long before she leaves fairies for her younger friends. and won't that be a shame? xt

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  11. This was fantastic! Really makes you stop and think about: 1) Being a kid again and 2) the kindness someone bestowed upon these little girls with this gift.

    Treasure it!

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  12. That is beautiful.... really makes you think about how the little things that require so little of us can do so much good!

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  13. You know it is things like this I wish would keep going with kids ....They grow up so fast My little Girl Just found out She is having a little Boy and she was so sad thinking she wanted a little girl to have those dreams with and as I told her ... This gives her little girl one day a Big brother to look over her .... But Knowing how fast they grow I wish I could go back to the lizzie Maguire Days .... and Fairy tales! So much fun Enjoy it! it doesnt last long.

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  14. This story made my day. Thank you so much for sharing it. My daughter, Laureli, is 7 (and a half!) and has red hair too - they could be sisters if you put them side-by-side. (There's a picture of her at the bottom of my blog's home page.) She has a fairy forest mural painted on her bedroom wall, and loves all things fairy. I love this age of innocence, and know from my 22 year old daughter that it doesn't last nearly long enough. These are the moments...

    Jen

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  15. Do I believe in fairies? You betcha. And Father Christmas and his flying reindeer.

    I am a big believer in lots of things no so more than the George Bernard Shaw adage
    "we don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing".

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  16. May the fairy/fairies who gave those gifts receive a lot of love and kindness back from the universe.

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  17. This is absolutely beautiful and has made me smile to think there is still that little bit of hope, thank you for making me smile,


    Lots of love x

    MLP

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  18. That is so cute!!
    And I believe in fairies enough. When I lose something small, it's more convenient to blame it on them than admit that i should be more careful with my things ;)
    I love reading about all different kinds of fairies and would like to believe that they exist. and people believe in weirder things, so why not?
    I made a fairy house in my backyard, and every time we go outside, i bring my one-year-old there and have him give her something. (A petal, an acorn top, a seashell) And then I tell him what she's going to use it for. The big rock is her couch. She uses the seashell for a sink. The petals make wonderful washcloths, etc.
    I've never seen a fairy, but that doesn't change a thing.

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  19. I loved this story! And I believe in magic, does that count?

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  20. are we sure that it really wasn't fairies?...

    thanks for sharing this anecdote! It is super adorable haha and makes me remember my ultra-fairy-believing days. recently, I have not had much time to think about them, but I definitely spent my days watching Naturally Sadie and Lizzie Maguire as well!

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  22. really lovely :) i'm not english, and i am an english student. i have to recognise that i didn't understand some words and others, but i love kids, and i love when they have the age of your daughter: she wants to choose the clothes of the day, she likes to put something in her hair and look nice, ... she wants to seem a little bit older than what the people think. But she's still loving when her mum prepares her a hot chocolat, or she belives in fairies and she don't care what the people say about it: she will belive anyway. Lovely !
    If she likes playing computer, you can show her a website called: pixiehollow.go.com . There you can create your own fairy, put her on her clothes, chat (but with a lot of security) with other people about what does she likes or dislikes, favourite things, ...

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  23. What a lovely thing someone did for Olivia & those other little girls :) Beautiful.

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  24. Oh, this person/fairy deserves a great big hug! What a gorgeous thing to do :)

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  25. How utterly beautiful. I still like to believe in all things magic as well xx

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  26. heartwarming. the happiness of the young. we should all take hold of it, and laugh....

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  27. Dude you made me cry. And I totally believe in fairies as you know xxx

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  28. I do I do I do.

    Same as believing in the magic of Santa. That's very, very real too.

    That kindness has given me goosebumps. x

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  29. Oh, so lovely that someone did that. People are just as magical as fairies sometimes.

    I believe in fairies...but of the where-is-that-thing-i-had-just-a-minute-ago stealing variety...

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  30. What a heartwarming story. Never too old to believe in fairies! :) x

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  31. I love this story. The same thing happened when I was a young girl and we believed there were fairies in the garden at my friends house. Her Mum and Aunty used to leave us little notes in return to all the letters we would write to them. Magical times. xx

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  32. Such a beautiful thing for someone to do. xx

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  33. It really is a magical thing for 'someone/something' to have done.

    I guess you will never know unless you just believe.

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  34. That's a gorgeous story
    I believe!!

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  35. i am tingling with joy reading your post!! Last week i posted a grateful and that had me thanking the Dummy Fairy that came and took my daughters dummys (to give the little new babies). Of course it was me... and i left her a little present (glitter and crafty stuff!) and she was so excited that all week she keeps saying how much she loves the dummy fairy!!! Gee - add fairy onto anything and it makes it amazing!!! I love your daughters imagination, excitement and wonderment and i love that someone out there was thoughtful enough to do something that amazing for that group of girls xx
    thanks for linking up
    xx

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  36. Aw, that brings back some lovely memories. When I was in year 5 and 6 my best friend and I were given "buddies" who were in kindergarten. My friend used to tell amazing stories of fairies at the bottom of our school (in the blue mountains, where the bushland really was magical) and the little girls would ask to write letters to them. One thing led to another and soon we were writing letters to the girls from a few of the fairies. We had names, drew pictures, sent glitter and gifts, even made "fairy clothes" out of petals. I remember another girl in our grade found out and said it was mean to lie to them, and I guess perhaps it was, but it really was more fun for them (and more work for us as we hid letters int he shruberries in out toilet breaks, to help the girls search for them later!) Unfortunately, we soon had to leave for high school, but the "portal" to the fairy world had to move because of the developmental works going on at the school. But this reminds me of the fun and smiles. Now those little girls are about 20 years old! And I think when I have a daughter, I just might invite Rose, Lily, Petal and Moonbeam to our garden :)

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  37. How magical to have such a special 'fairy' in their lives. I wish our children could stay children for as long as possible.

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