Keen followers might remember a post a few weeks ago entitled ‘A Tale of Two Fairies’, in which I told the story of my mum’s 25-year-old Christmas fairy, and the new one I commissioned for her from Curious Pip to allow the old fairy to retire. Mum was thrilled with her new fairy and put her straight up in pride of place on the tree, while the old one was lovingly taken down and wrapped up in her box to be cherished.
My mum works in a primary school and told some of the kids all about the fairies. They were amazed at how old the original one was, (25 years is an absolute age to an eight-year old!), and that £4.95 was such a lot of money back in the 80’s when we bought her from our local John Lewis. They were so inspired by the tale that she decided to take both the fairies in to school for the kids to see, which sparked off some project work for them to do. Allow me to share with you, my mum’s own account of the kids encounter with our festive, family fairies!
Now that the festive season is over for another year, I just had to let everyone know about my joy at receiving a new fairy for the tree.
My lovely daughter, Jennifer (aka Mistress of Monsters) delighted me with a home crafted, personally commissioned, brand new fairy courtesy of Curious Pip. You have probably already read about it in the blog and have seen the pictures but so much more has happened since then.
I work in a primary school and recounted the story of the fairies to a small group of year 5 children that I work with every day. In order to inspire them, I took the old and new fairies in to school.
They handled the fairies with due reverence and such care for children of that age. I think they really believed the fairies had genuine feelings (which of course they do).
We spent a long time discussing the fairies and they had lots of things to say about them. They sympathised with the old fairy and suggested other jobs for her to do, so she would not feel neglected. The final decision was that the old fairy could be ‘Official Present Protector’.
I wish I‘d had a camera with me, because they all sat open-mouthed when I produced the new fairy from a tissue lined box. Curious Pip has a new group of very young fans.
I am sure this will not be the last time that I use the fairies to inspire something in the children.
A Big thank you to Jennifer and of course, a BIG THANK YOU to Curious Pip.
The kids even wrote a poem about the pretty pair, and did some drawings too, fabulous!
She used to be the one on top
And now she’s down the bottom.
Someone else has muscled in
Don’t you think that’s rotten?
But if you think, she is quite old,
She needed to retire.
The bottom of the tree is best for her
‘cause it’s nearer to the fire.
The new fairy looks resplendent
Atop the Christmas tree,
But we’ll never forget the old one
She was very special you see.
Santa will think it very strange
But we’ll make it understood
That he’ll just have to get used to it
‘cause she’s here to stay for good.