Who doesn’t love fairies, mermaids and unicorns? These mystical creatures have been the inspiration for art, fables and storytelling for centuries. Unfortunately, as we get older, we drift away from childhood innocence and these stories fade from our memories. Why not take these creatures to inspire our children?
We decided to use a living fairy garden in order to encourage our children to be kind, caring, and forward thinking. We created the Society of the Fairy Keepers! Follow our story here as new chapters will be added explaining how we grow and share our journey….
Planning. Much thought went into our Fairy Keepers Society and the fairy garden.
- Pick a good place where children can have access to play and interact with the fairies and the garden. Our garden is alone a wooded path where the children can play, but everyone who uses the path can enjoy the creations and garden.
- What do you want to teach or encourage as part of this journey? We wanted to start a family tradition that would provide positive, lasting childhood memories for our grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Teaching life lessons, empowering and encouraging our children is the foundation of our Fairy Keepers Society.
- Invite all children to participate. When we did this, the boys didn’t want to participate… That is until they saw how much fun the girls were having and then they wanted to help build the garden. Upon completion of the garden, the girls became the “keepers” of the fairies. To date, we have 7 Fairy Keepers who live across the country. They range in age from 3-10 years. Each summer, they come and add to the garden and care for their fairies for whom they are responsible. So far, it has been a big hit!
- Plan for new adventures each year to add to the excitement. This year, the Fairy Keepers will capture their fairies’ image at night without them knowing as they fly about the garden! sssshhhhh!!! How we do this is a secret, but we’ll share in a post coming soon.
Chapter One. The Fairy Keepers’ Oath. Our society is made up of girls, but should be open to all children. Each child is entrusted with the care and well being her fairy/fairies. Before she is given the fairy, we discuss the principles of the oath and have a ceremony where she makes a promise to herself and others to abide by the 10 rules.
Fairy Keepers’ Oath:
I will be mindful of all things possible and promise to:
1. Be the best person I can be.
2. Treat others as I would like to be treated.
3. Believe in myself and be true to myself.
4. Be thoughtful of and kind in what I say and do.
5. Guard and protect fairies entrusted to my care.
6. Believe there is Good in the world and Be the Good.
7. Be honest and tell the truth.
8. Take care of all living things: people, animals, plants, & fairies.
9. Be happy for others when good things happen to them.
10. Wish the world peace.
Chapter Two. Stay tuned for the The Fairy Habitat, setting the fairies free and much, much more. What will your story be?