Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Natal Celebration in Fairy Land

Are you home Fairies?

Last week, I celebrated another natal anniversary. The highlight of the week was gathering with all my daughters and granddaughters for the Annual Fairy House Tours in Portsmouth, NH.

What fun it was to watch as my oldest granddaughter peeked into a fairy house and called, "Fairies, are you in there?" Her unconditional belief in the possibility of fairies, elves, and other ephemeral beings is a delight. She has yet to be jaded by the barrage of reality programing. She has yet to be told "the truth" about fantasy and make-believe. It was good for all present at our gathering to witness and support her visit to the Fairy Houses.

Wait till I get this working!


When the girls were little, I would tell them, "If you don't believe in the magic, it doesn't happen." It is something they all remember, and to this day, follow.


Momma Fairy and her two Pixies


What a joy to be able to turn 55 and still "make-believe" with my daughters, all of whom are young women now. How wonderful for my granddaughters to be surrounded by their grandmother, mothers, and aunts all of whom are enjoying a day with the Fairies!


Fairy Grandmother and two of her Pixie Princesses

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rays of Hope

Forty-five years ago, Martin Luther King gave his now famous, “I have a dream” speech. Forty-five years ago, we began to witness, that dream and the dreams of many Americans, systematically being snuffed out by greed, lies and violence.

In the past eight years, I began to despair that America had forever lost the ability to stand proud among all the nations of the world. I began to despair that my dreams for my children and grandchildren, all female, would never come to fruition. I began to despair that while I had finally finished the education begun nearly forty years ago, I would never be allowed the opportunity to share my gifts, talents and skills with others.

Last week, hope was restored. Last week, as I listened, tears spilling from the corners of my eyes, my dreams began to grow once more. Last week, as Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech as the Democratic candidate for President of these United States, possibilities for change sprang into being.

Today, as I sit writing this, I make a new commitment to continue the work that I had begun forty years ago; a new commitment to believe in a future filled with possibilities for all; and a new commitment to doing what I can to once again make these United States shine brightly, a beacon of hope for all peoples.