"and every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead." ~J.M. Barrie
And every time a grown up
stops believing in a child-
every little shred of self
breaks into tiny shards,
and somewhere in that child
a little fairy of hope
Fragile as they may be,
children can be the
gentle outlines of a spring leaf,
stirring with stories from the winter
that it survived
and brimming with delight for summer
in which it thrives.
Our children are guarded by fairies
who envelope them in a delicate cloak
of love, day dreams, and assurance
being important guests in each child
as they guide, hold, and empower.
Us grown ups, we have a humbling chance
to fight for each of those fairies
fight for our children's dreams
fight for their right to believe in themselves
and no matter what, keep those fairies alive.