So, it’s that time again! Time to get your quote selected so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember we have a week so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!
Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of:
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I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of rebirth. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!
Here’s who joined us last week:
Here is my contribution for this week on the theme of “happiness.”
Gina and Faberge loved organizing the Silver Falls Children’s Group. They had joined a few years ago and now spent their summers entertaining kids of all ages. Interacting with the kids made both of the girls happy!
Each year the two girls, as team leaders, picked a theme for the summer. Last year it was zombies. The kids loved dressing up and playing like the end of the world had finally come upon them all. All gory and bloody, the kids practiced every day to be the best zombies ever. They got so good that by the end of the summer, they were able to reenact the dancing scene from Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller. Their parents shrieked in delight at their performances during the end of summer bash.
This year the theme for the summer was fairy magic. Faberge stressed to the kids that if they truly believed in fairies, magical events could occur. Of course, many of the kids said they were too old to believe in fairies and magic. Even Gina seemed to have a hard time with this theme.
“Fairies! Magic! Are you kidding me, Faberge?” asked Gina the first day of group. “How are we going to pull this off?” The kids clustered around the two girls listening with their mouths wide open.
Faberge laughed. “Trust me. And besides, are you telling me that you don’t believe in fairies and magic?”
Gina stared at Faberge with a strange look on her face. “You are serious, aren’t you?” she asked, standing with her hands on her hips.
“Of course, I am! Didn’t I tell you the story about my Russian grandmother?”
“No. I don’t think so, at least I don’t remember you telling me about her.” The kids grew quiet and waited for Faberge to begin her grandmother’s story.
“Well,” began Faberge, “My grandmother told me that as a young woman, she never smiled or laughed. My great-grandfather said that he knew how to fix this situation. He decided that whoever could make her smile would be the man who could marry her. Men lined up for miles around and tried to make my grandmother smile, but none was able to.”
“In the heart of town,” Faberge continued, “was an honest but unattractive man who worked hard for his master. When the end of the year came, the master decided to reward the man. He placed a sack of money before the man and encouraged him to take as much as he wanted. This honest man felt funny about taking the money so he politely took only one coin.”
“On his way back from seeing the master, the man decided to get a drink at the well. Unfortunately, he dropped his coin into the well. During the next two years, the same exact thing happened. By the third year, the man drank at the well but this time, he did not lose his coin. Amazingly, the two coins from the past two years floated up to the top. When the man reached down to retrieve the coins he saw a reflection in the well of a tiny fairy smiling and sprinkling fairy dust on his head.” The kids clustered around Faberge and listened in awe as she continued her story. Gina rolled her eyes.
“The unattractive man felt such good fortune and happiness from the coins returning to him that he set off to see the world. When a mouse asked him for a handout, the man gave him one of his coins. The same thing happened with a beetle and a catfish. All three times the man helped the needy animals.”
Faberge smiled at the kids and continued, “In his wanderings, the unattractive man came across my grandmother. She just stared at him. The man was so surprised that such a beautiful woman was looking at him that he fell into the mud. Suddenly, the mouse, the beetle, and the catfish came to help get him out of the mud. My grandmother laughed so hard at their antics. There was mud everywhere. The man and the animals laughed until they cried.”
“When my great-grandfather heard my grandmother laugh, he asked who had been able to make her happy. Grandmother pointed out the man. It was then she noticed that the man was not unattractive at all. He had been transformed into a handsome man. Of course, this was my grandfather,” said Faberge, neatly patting her hair in place. A couple of the girls nearest to Gina stared at each other, their mouths gaping open, eyes round with wonder.
“Grandmother always said that grandfather’s goodness and willingness to make people happy is why the fairy blessed him and made him so handsome!”
Gina belted out a belly laugh that made the kids in the group laugh right along with her. “Your family is nuts!” she said shaking her head.
“Ah, but the story did make you happy, didn’t it?” smirked Faberge. “Never underestimate the power of fairies and magic!” Faberge winked at the kids as they shrieked with joy!
The next day, Gina and Faberge showed up dressed as fairies. The kids were so excited and happy to see the colorful costumes that they chose Faberge’s grandmother’s story as their summer performance for the Silver Falls Children’s Group end of summer bash. It was the highest rated performance of the season. Faberge said of course it was! It all happened because of fairy magic.
It must be said that I borrowed and adapted this old tale from one my own grandmother told me years ago. I did find the story and you can read it here.
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.