What did I see today?
I saw a fairies’ gypsy camp.
The tents were toadstools, brown and gray,
Among the bracken, soiled and damp.
~An excerpt from “The Fairy Camp” by Danske Dandridge,
Danish poet and garden muse
In tales of yore fairies were depicted as pixie-like creatures with gossamer wings, colorful clothing, and magic wands. Do you believe in them? The child in me did, and my adult self has had a hard time convincing her otherwise. It was an especially hard sell when I’d come across toadstools like the ones above. Such as they never failed to prompt thoughts of fairies that lived in enchanted realms and oftentimes were sighted among flowers, hills, streams, and woodlands. The storytellers of such tales claimed that the elfish beauties rode on fairy steeds or took to wing in order to flit from flower to flower. They also said that when a host of fairies gathered together to sing and dance, they were often found in a “fairy ring of toadstools.” When that was so, we, the readers, were admonished to step lightly around the toadstools or to tip-toe gingerly past them. Ah, what sweet childhood days were those! Now the innocence of my youth and my belief in fairy tales may be gone, but not unlike a toadstool that extorts its “living from the living,” I secure my salvation from living in Christ.
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. ~2 Peter 1:16 ✝