Jayla recently enrolled in our local school. This is her first experience with school; homeschooling being her only previous experience. She was so excited about going, but after the first day she found it quite difficult to settle in. She was homesick, shy, unsure of herself, nervous. Of course she ended up getting sick with two different viruses in two weeks; so she missed quite a few days and that certainly didn’t help matters. Now into her third week of school she has attended every day so far this week (no more illness — knock on wood). She is making friends, and settling into the new routine wonderfully. I knew it would be a challenge. It has been difficult on both of us; after all we have spent 9 years together. It was time though, and we are very happy that we persevered. I am so very proud of Jayla, for all of her accomplishments thus far.
After such a challenging two weeks we really needed this little time away at one of my favourite places in the whole world — Thirteen Moons Women’s Retreat — to spend some time away from home and to reconnect with one another in this peaceful, beautiful environment.
This morning, Jayla and I went for a walk at one of our most favourite and local conservation areas. I love the smell of the woods in the fall.
Here is a sampling of the conversation we had:
Jayla: “Mommy do you believe in fairies?”
Mommy: “Yes, I do.”
Jayla: “Yeah. Fairies are nice. I have never seen one, but I am sure they are nice.”
Mommy: “Yes, I’m sure they are nice too.”
Jayla: “If I ever saw a fairy; I mean if they ever let me see them, I would keep that secret. If I told someone then they would probably want to put them on the news and I’m sure the fairies wouldn’t want to have their faces “flastered” all over the news.”
Mommy: **sniggering to myself** “Absolutely. I mean who would want to have their face “flastered” all over the news.”
Jayla: “Yeah, that would be bad for them.” “It is much better that they are a secret”. Don’t you think so Mommy?”
Mommy: “Yes, I do.”
There is a special spot in these woods where we have constructed a little fairy house. It is at the base of a tree. It curves inwards and there is a perfect spot just big enough for a modest-sized fairy family dwelling. There is a roof made from tree bark, and a large bed made of moss. They even have a fungus table and plates made from acorn caps.
Every time we hike in these woods we go and visit our fairy house and make any necessary repairs. Today Jayla found some tiny little mushrooms and put them on the table in their little acorn cap plates.
“[W]hen the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl”. ~James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan