“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”

It is 37˚ and cloudy, but it felt warmer than that when I went to get the papers. The clouds have the look of rain, but no rain is predicted. A warm-up is supposed to be coming next week, maybe even a little bit of spring. It is almost time to look for green shoots in the garden.

When I was a kid, I never noticed flowers. My father planted mostly pansies in the small front garden of our house, but I only noticed them because some of the flowers were planted near the front steps so I saw them when I was coming and going. Pansies always looked to me as if they had faces and were wearing hats, wide brim frilly hats. Somehow I always thought of pansies as garden sprites.

My mother used to read books to me when I was little. We started with Golden Books, and by the time I was two, I had learned the names of all the animals on the backs of the books. My mother told me she’d point to an animal, and I’d identify it and even make the sound if it had one. When I was a bit older, my mother read longer stories to me. I remember The Billy Goats’ Gruff and the troll under the bridge. I also remember Little Black Sambo and how smart he was making the tigers chase each other until they turned to butter. I still remember the illustration of the tigers chasing each other around that tree. I didn’t notice Little Black Sambo was actually Black. I thought that was just his name. Hansel and Gretel were tricky and smart. The witch wasn’t. I loved that Gretel pushed the witch into the hot oven. She was my hero.

I never was afraid of witches or trolls. I knew they weren’t real. They were just characters from the pages of books though I might have hesitated crossing a wooden bridge or looked underneath just in case. I did believe fairies were real. I saw them with my own eyes in the field below my backyard. They blinked in the summertime.

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6 Comments on ““Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Sunny and chilly over here today and it will stay like that at least until the weekend is over.

    It would have been impossible to not notice flowers when I was a kid since so many had garden centers and nurseries in the family 🙂 🙂

    I’ve never been afraid of trolls either, especilally since they quite often were kind in our stories. Well not the big mountain trolls but we all knew they lived far north 🙂 🙂

    Have a great dya!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I wore only a sweatshirt out today, and it was enough because by the time I went out, it was in the low 40’s. Tonight will get chilly again, down to the 20’s. It will be the same the next few days, but it will get warmer next week. I’ll believe that when it actually happens. Most flowers I saw were in beds by the front and back doors of the houses on my block. We did not have a neighborhood of gardeners.

      I thought trolls were quite ugly. They always seemed to have a huge nose and some warts.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was absolutely gorgeous. Sunny skies and a high of 72°.

    This morning on the news it was announced that Governor dumb ass, (Greg Abbot), didn’t consult with any of the medical experts that he consulted when he issued the mask mandate in October. One medical doctor said was asked his opinion and that doctor suggested that the governor suggest that the public should continue with what they are doing but the State didn’t have to mandate a mask policy. So far, two of the area’s largest employers, Lockheed Martin and American Airlines have said they will continue their current policy of wear masks. Many other businesses said they will still require masks and still reduce the number of their customers. Obviously, the idiot governor wanted to look good after the fiasco with the power outages across the state during the cold snap.

    I wasn’t aware of flowers as a kid but I realized as soon as I got into adulthood that a 99 cent bouquet of flowers helped get one further in the female sexual area. 🙂 My father was a lawn and shrub maven. He worked every Saturday morning to get the lawn looking like a green carpet. I don’t recall my mother ever reading to me as a little kid. However, I read many of the books you mentioned as soon as I could like at the pictures.

    Witches and trolls didn’t invoke fear, but aliens from outer space gave me nightmares. Especially, from the 1953 movie, “War of the Worlds”. To this day I can’t watch any of the various remakes.

    • katry Says:

      HI Bob,
      Wow, we won’t reach that high a temperature here on the cape until probably May. Boston will probably get that warm long before we will. I love the ocean in the fall when it stays warm rather than the spring where it holds the cold.

      I figured your wonderful governor wanted to divert attention from the mess he had made with the storm and black-out and a continued lack of water. I have glad that various companies still maintain that masks must be worn. I wonder how long it will take before cases rise in Texas.

      My father was a lawn guy too, but he planted the flowers my mother wanted. They had front window boxes filled with flowers and hanging vines. My mother had a small garden also filled with flowers and a statue of St. Francis which was a bird feeder.

      I never got nightmares despite what I saw and what I read until I was well into my 20’s. I read a book by Lovecraft with creatures hidden. They appeared in my dream and I woke up with my heart beating. I didn’t read any more Lovecraft novels for a while.

  3. Rowen Says:

    Great theme today. Excellent photo.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Rowen! I thought that a troll could really hide under those stairs,

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