The fairies in my garden--enjoying the magic of natureOct 09, 2021
I have fairies in my garden. Do you?
This week I went back to school for the first time since mid-March. I’m just back 3 days a week for now. And I noticed 2 things–first, it’s great to be back with the children! I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I saw them again. Spending time with them helped me remember the magic that is all around. Like the fairies in my garden. Second–I’m exhausted. I’m out of practice for spending my day with kiddos. (Also, we’re outside most of the day and it’s really hot, especially in the afternoon, which adds to my tiredness).
The fairies in my garden.
I’ve also been going through my old journals looking for hidden treasures. I came across this poem a wrote about 5 years ago about the fairies in my garden. I polished it up a bit and thought I’d share it. I’d really like to illustrate it–but the day got away from me, so maybe next time!
I don’t remember thinking a lot about fairies when I was little, but I learned about fairies and gnomes when I took Gabi to parent-child classes at the Waldorf school. We built fairy houses and I found myself enchanted. I found this lovely little book–Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden? by Betsy Williams. It’s a charming little book–I highly recommend it if you love fairy lore. I shared this activity with my daughters and all of my classes–children and parents. We all loved it!
Do you have fairies in your garden? I do–the poem
What do the fairies do all day
In the garden in the sun?
They sing and dance, work and play
And all of it is fun.
I do not think they notice me
For they pay me no mind
But I can watch them endlessly
When it rains and when it shines.
They take care of leaves and flowers
They dust them with such ease
And wash their petals when it showers
Then dry them in the breeze.
In late afternoon, when the sun beams hot
They stop to drink their tea.
In the shade of the snapdragon’s flower pot
Fanned by the wings of bees.
But when the moon glows in the sky
And the children are snuggled in bed,
The fairies do not shut their eyes
but dance all night instead.
The katydids play fiddles
While the nightingales sing
The night is filled with giggles
As the fairies dance in a ring.
I wish I were a fairy
Dancing through the night
To the starry music
That lets my heart take flight.
More fairy magic
I recently posted a video on my YouTube Channel about the fairies washing day:
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