“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~Roald Dahl
1. On sunday morning Beau called to me, “Bridget, look what we found!” I came down the church stairway to a scene of my boys shuffling through golden star shaped leaves picking little red berries off the bushes. I had walked through there quickly on the way to church, flustered that we were late, and noticed nothing. But this time…under every bush and fern were clumps of large red toad stools with white spots. My boys had found a faerie hall, right outside of their sunday school. I called to my friend Gwen and we laid right on the wet ground for a picture with one clump! (Gwen and Gabriel got married this time of year two years ago, and I’d like to think these mushrooms sprouted from their footsteps!)
2. That afternoon Beau handed me magazines and catalogues I had been too sluggish to look through all week. As he handed me the Anthropologie one he said, “Briiiiidget…I think you’ll like this one.” Snow white! With foxes and golden eggs and bunnies too! And I thought the Faerie Glen one was good…3. I was procrastinating taking Finn’s homework out of his backpack this week. I finally did so today and guess what? His assignment this week is to bring in some facts about foxes! (which means it’s MY homework) Did you know that foxes and badgers sometimes live in the same den? The fox offers protection and the badger does the cleaning. Their babies play together. That IS REAL!!!!!!
4. I recently met a magical sprite from Lothlorien named Olivia. She teaches ballet, made the adorable skirt she was wearing, and told me the most enchanting tales about sleeping next to rivers in cloaks and howling like a wolf to find her brother. The most lovely, self assured 15 year old I’ve ever met! At Creative Lounge she sang for us songs she’d written about dew in purple sage and a forest spirit falling in love with a boy. Everything that came out of her mouth was whimsical and inspiring. I felt like I was in the presence of a mythical being. Asling, spirit of the wood! She even has a luna moth cocoon hibernating in her yard. Joey sent me a picture of it:
I saw this picture today and it reminded me of her :)image credit
5. It took me all morning to get myself out to do some grocery shopping yesterday. But when I got there, there was a young accordion player outside Trader Joe’s and the used bookstore. He looked like a gypsy with knickerbockers, a leather satchel and an old umbrella. When opened, his accordion had a vintage map along its front. The music and his look whisked me away to a foreign land read inside the pages of a book. I was completely enraptured! I gave him a gift certificate to TJ’s and stood listening for a long while. As I did the sun came out for a brief moment as if to reflect my own experience: beauty breaking through amidst parking lot and grocery shoppers and clouds!
no image for this one. Expect a painting!
LOOK at the world with glittering eyes!!