Because Fairies Love God

It seems like I walk a treacherous road trying to pass on a Catholic faith to my girls. We have to respect the differing beliefs of people in our family, and our own home. And we have to work with wild, “overexcited” imaginations. Fairies really throw me off, because I like them, and I really enjoy how my kids enjoy them, and I think the Waldorf people understand something that I can’t quite express about childhood magic.

stirring the fairy dirt

Violet is old enough to handle some ambiguity, though she throws herself fully into Santa and fairies and such like when the time is right. Victoria hasn’t quite mastered that — either they are pretend, or they are not, and she goes back and forth between those views.

fairy garden seeds

Today as Victoria was working on her fairy garden, she was in full fledged fairy mode, so much that I wondered whether to offer a gentle reminder that fairies are pretend. She made their pathway through the garden in a cross shape. I commented, in the spirit of the proceedings, “Oh, a cross shape, that’s lucky.”

making the fairy path

“Yeah, because fairies love God, right?” she answered.

Ummm, well, “Of course they do!” I answered, not wanting to put fairies and God on the same plane, yet not wanting to close down her young love of magic either. I fell down on the side of affirming her imagination.

planting seeds

I find it hard to judge people who root out magic and fairies from their children’s lives, either in the interest of maintaining a religious faith or, what people imagine to be the opposite, to keep their children firmly rooted in physical reality. Still, I could never do that in a million years. That fleeting space of children’s wonder is too precious, and it is such an exquisite pleasure — and daunting responsibility — to get to experience it again as an adult.

the finished garden

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4 responses to “Because Fairies Love God

  1. Have you read the memoir “Kingfisher Days” by Susan Coyne? You might like it. I read it with Tigger when she was 7 or 8. It inspired her interest in Shakespeare apart from anything else. But it is a very good story, with fairies, but not a fairy story. Says a lot about the value of encouraging imagination and the wonder of belief in young children.

  2. I love it! “Because fairies love God.”

    When Ami was around 5/6 she use to say fairies were related to angels because people saw them, they were good and bad, and had wings.

  3. Something to think about. I’ve been encouraging Cate to enjoy the fantasy of fairies mostly because she has never had an interest in dolls. I have a little post about her recent interest floating in my mind.

    I love “because fairies love God.” I will remember to share that with Cate.

  4. Also meant to add, Victoria looks so adorable in the photos. 🙂

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