“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fairy Work

Rowan had an important job on Monday: she had a fairy workshop to attend. Apparently the business of building fairy houses has evolved over the past few years, with handbooks and classes available to young builders everywhere. We were lucky enough to have our local library host an event with Liza Gardner Walsh, the author of the new book, The Fairy House Handbook.

The fairy program had been on Rowan's social calendar for a couple of weeks and she was very excited to get some tips on how to improve her fairy houses, insisting that she wear her fairy wings.

After learning about fairy home preferences from the author (they only like natural building materials and there is apparently a hot debate about whether seaglass falls into this category), she got to draw a blueprint for her next fairy house, decorate a bag for collecting building materials, and then the icing on the cake came when she got to package up some sparkly fairy dust to take home and sprinkle on her houses.

After the program was over, she said, "Thanks Mommy for taking me to the workshop! I am ready to go make my house now." So we went down to the beach and she made a well-camouflaged fairy abode, complete with a seaweed roof. It melts my heart how much she is in love with fairies right now- this has been the summer of building them wherever we go.

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