Sparkle Weekly Wonderings
July 7, 2018
I believe in Fairies. Let’s start there.
As human beings, we naturally see the world through a very specific lens: the human lens. And since human beings understand everything through our senses, we then “make sense” of what we see, hear, taste, and smell … and this results in our understanding being naturally very human-focused.
We say a mountain “sits” because human beings sit. We say that trees “stand” because human beings stand.
Therefore, when we experience the magical side of nature — the shimmering, incredible mystery of nature … we personify the dynamics as fairies.
I’ll be talking about each of the classic kinds of fairies over the next four weeks, so this week, I’d like to introduce you to … air fairies.
Air fairies – or pixies or sylphs – represent the flighty, changeable, and playful side of nature. When a squirrel jumps overhead or a gust of wind blows your hat off or you hear a bug but can’t see it, well … the air fairies are at work.
In stories, they often represent communication, enthusiasm, curiosity, and secrets — the whispers of the wind.
Children have a special connection to air fairies because they are a lot like them! They live moment to moment, full of ideas and wonder, but are quick to change and drop whatever they were doing a moment ago. As you listen to this week’s stories, perhaps it will help you see and appreciate the qualities in your child most associated with air fairies.
About the Author
David Sewell McCann
David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.