Over the Christmas break, I undertook a little creative project that I’m rather proud of.
Now, I suppose I need to first offer a little background. My daughters, who I have nicknamed Wump and Toop for the purposes of this blog and most other online communication, have this little letterbox stuck on the side of a living room cabinet. It’s a “fairy post” box, where they can write tiny letters and then (notwithstanding the unreliable nature of the fairy post, because the fairies are often really busy and tired and can only come out after Wump and Toop are asleep and Wump at least doesn’t goddamn sleep) get a tiny letter in reply.
This usually occurs in Swedish, because Wump and Toop are within the Finnish fairy union jurisdiction and specifically the Finnish-Swedish subsystem. But over Christmas, Wump and Toop built a little picnic area and playground from doll house materials for the fairies to play in (during their breaks from important Christmas-related fairywork), and in gratitude the Finnish fairies got in touch with the Australian fairies and asked them to send a special surprise.
And because Wump and Toop had been mostly good all year, they didn’t send a spider.
What they did send was a special magic fairy tree seed:
This, according to clear and impeccably-written instructions that the Australian fairies seemed to be particularly good at writing, Wump and Toop planted in a little pot and sprinkled some sugar on top.
Then, over the course of the next few nights and random afternoons, the fairy tree began to grow:
It finally began to sprout some sort of leaves, which (after another communication from Wump and Toop and an instruction to add a bit more sugar) became a bud:
Then the bud opened and the tree began to produce candy.
I have a pile of candies prepared, and am considering dropping the seed back into the bud at some point so they can start over again. But it’s a fun, and fairly low-effort project, and of course Wump and Toop were massively excited by each new development.
I’m not sure if we’re instilling a sense of mystery and wonder to an otherwise mundane world, or committing a very intricate hoax that will set back our children’s credulity by months if not years.
Actually, I don’t know that we’re not doing both.
– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while on the bus.