#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories


“Fairies do belong –

In the magic of our hearts,”

It was my grandmother who first alerted me to the fairies in our garden. Grandmother cultivated ferns of all descriptions and amongst them lived the fern fairies.

My grandmother was always a curious and often times quaint lady. She spent a lot of time in the fernery and once I understood why it became my favourite haunt as well.

For each variety of fern there was a variety of fairy, Among the maiden hair lived the most delicate and fine featured fairies. They floated about, they moved with such grace and precision it was relaxing watching them go about their business.

Grandmother introduced me to them. It was a ritual as they didn’t make themselves known to anyone.

For as graceful as they were they were also very aloof and private. You had to be invited in and Grandmother had been among them that week and explained that her life was nearing its end and someone needed to be appointed as her successor. Our job was to preserve the fern garden and in doing so allow the fairies to maintain their presence.

Simple as it appeared it also required a lot of negotiation as the fairies could be demanding of their plants and demanding of what was needed to maintain their lifestyle.

I accepted after a ritual introduction, a process that reduced grandmother and I to their size and pledges to be both protector and guardian. A decision I never regretted.



Written for: https://silverthreading.com/2016/07/13/wqwwc-writers-quote-wednesday-writing-challenge-memories/


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15 Responses to #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories

  1. I love fairies, always have

  2. “I enjoy your fern fairy stories, and I’m glad you had the opportunity to write one,” she commented, :)ing at the thought of the delicate fairies floating in the maid hair fern.

  3. Soul Gifts says:

    I’m kinda partial to faeries too 🙂

  4. I am honored beyond belief that you chose to use part of my haiku as your quote! Thank you. What an amazing story about the fairies in your grandmother’s fern garden. What a precious memory. You are a special person to have been chosen. Thank you for sharing such a dear memory! I loved it! ❤️

  5. Reblogged this on Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~ and commented:
    I just had to share these wonderful memories Michael had of time spent with his grandmother in the garden. The magic is evident in his words! ❤

  6. What a lovely story and what wonderful legacy your grandma handed down to you. 🙂

  7. Pingback: #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Hope” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

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