Thursday, November 19, 2009

The magic of fairies in our family...

In the weeks leading up to the Handmade Holidays show, I neglected so many things. Where to start? There was less volunteering, less time for my husband, kids, and friends, a shorter fuse on my part, less running in the woods for me, and no blog posts. I was barely keeping the essential balls in the air (like meals), let alone juggling any extras. I kept reminding myself NOT to "pack my bags and go on a guilt trip." (This phrase is credited to a dear friend who makes me bust out laughing every time she says it.)

At the set up for the show, I was sharing with a friend about the fairy house that my daughter had constructed with her dad. I had no part in it, as he'd been filling in all the gaps due to my craziness to get ready for the show. In describing their deepening relationship, I realized that many of the recent moments between them had occurred precisely because I WASN'T in the picture. Not that I impede their relationship, but I think you get what I mean. My lack of presence gave him the opportunity to be more present for the kids.

I marvel at this creation of theirs. My husband has never seen the info out there for parents about building fairy homes. He just joined in her imaginative process and they created. She left a note for the fairies, asking for a crystal and magically it appeared. (I had no part in that one either. I kept forgetting and the note sat there a few days. Thank heaven for daddies.)
This sweet house has several ramps and doors, a ladder, a swing (pictured above), and a lovely porch with a bench to hang out on. Don't you just want to move right in? I kidded my husband that he should start a new business as he has such obvious talent.

When I look out the window at the fairies' home, I can almost see them flitting about. It is such a nice reminder of family, magic, and what we can create.



4 comments:

Cheryl Arkison said...

Just love it, the story and the house.

Annette said...

My sister and I used to LOVE to play in the woods and make little houses and fairy furniture.

I miss those days - looks another trip to the woods as an adult. =)

Jen Chandler said...

What a wonderful fairy house! I miss playing outside all day, looking for fairies under toad stools. I still believe they are there. I'm just too busy to see them. I really need to slow down...

Jen

Anonymous said...

Oh my, how did I ever miss this post! How sweet! What wonder there is in the great outdoors and you and your family know how to find it so well. Looking forward to the wonders you will find in your new woods, gardens and yard. Miss you guys!! Noreen