I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit many interesting and wonderful places around the globe. Travel allows you to meet people and experience their culture. Hopefully such experience expands one’s perspective of others, as well as providing context to what is genuinely important to all who share the planet we ride upon through our life journey.
When I am not travelling, and in need of some perspective alignment, I can step outside my door and visit the Fairy Garden which has shown up each summer for the past twenty years or so. I can’t say for sure how this happens, but I don’t think it is just a coincidence that my wife, Kass, will be out of the house for extended periods of time, returning inside with a sore back and dirty hands prior to the emergence of this spectacular place.
The fairy garden used to show up in the back yard but has migrated to the front yard just aside my doorsteps for the past five years. My observation is that fairies come and go as they please. Fortunately, nobody in our neighborhood has suggested we build a wall to keep them out or send them back from whence they came.
The inhabitants of the Fairy Garden live a simple, yet idyllic life. There is no CNN or Fox News, no blue states or red states, no conservatives or liberals, no social unrest, no threats to overthrow the government, and never a bad word between neighbors. I think it is safe to say that no inhabitant of our Fairy Garden would say boo if it were Halloween. They are a particularly quiet people.
In the Fairy Garden inhabitants get along just fine, with no concern given to paint tone or who you choose to spend your time with. A Blue Smurf, a Pink Fairy, and a Green Frog share the same campfire and why wouldn’t they? The garden is a place where some have wings to fly, while others have fins in place of legs. Dragons, Big Foot, and King Kong coexist with Unicorns, Bunnies, and Elves. Whatever differences they had they worked out long ago and they live together with tolerance, respect, and acceptance. Given that so many societies and people worldwide lack such attributes it is possible that they broke the mold after making Fairy Garden inhabitants.
Life moves slowly in the Fairy Garden, if you observe for a long time, you might be convinced that life doesn’t change at all. Evidence to the contrary is there are times, especially during a particularly strong summer rain shower, when the Fairy Garden inhabitants seem to behave quite erratically. In the morning tables and chairs might be flipped over, small homes moved from their foundations, and inhabitants spewed far and wide, unable to right themselves. Occasionally there is damage to the infrastructure or creatures. Not a big deal. Kass will disappear for a while in the morning with glue gun in tow and care and concern aplenty and make everything right again. So often when you are flat on your back and out of options it is a blessing to have people you live among and near that reach out and give a hand just because it is the right thing to do.
If you ever choose to stop by and visit this amazing oasis of societal bliss you will be surprised by the range of activities which take place in the garden. Fishermen wet their lines surrounded by ducks and turtles in ponds that are as still and peaceful as a bed of glass. Trolls share songs and stories at a quiet campground at the edge of the garden, they are relaxed and enjoying life in the moment they have. Smurfs lounge on their patios while the nearby vegetable patch they tend is flourishing with lettuce, pumpkins, corn, and apples. Mermaids and pirates share the waters of an enchanting river of precious stones which runs lazily through the heart of the village. Kings and Queens of the Fairies hold court at the base of a tree stump castle. Meanwhile elves and fairies, outside their quaint village homes, enjoy tea and local fare found at the market near the town square. At the edge of the garden a couple of elves mount their unicorns to soar effortlessly over the magical domain while a much less than fearsome dragon rests in his lair with a welcoming sign that pronounces this is a place of joy, hope, love, and peace.
I have traveled to amazing places. However, the place just outside my front doorstep is a place which I believe reflects so much of what the world and the people who share it could use more of. If you ever want to visit the Fairy Garden feel free to. Just message me for a time to visit, no passports or visas needed.
If you have something interesting in your neighborhood that you believe is interesting or noteworthy, contact me. I would love to share your story as well.