Welcome to fall! And October!
I have a friend who is a little “kooky”. When her son was little, she used to tell him that when fall came around, fairies would appear and paint all the leaves on the trees beautiful colors.
Of course she is Irish which might help explain her telling this fairy tale (I can get away with saying that because I’m Irish too), but I always thought that this story created a beautiful image for her impressionable young boy. As anyone who experiences the amazing fall foliage realizes, the change is actually quite mystical — which is why the story works so well.
Of course, there are scientific reasons why the leaves change colors, but I prefer hearing how the spirits flitter around and do their magic with paint brushes.
This year when I heard the story about the fall fairies, it got me to thinking about all the wonderful songs and poems and stories which express that sentiment. And I also thought of how loved ones in spirit do in fact visit us.
In my work, one question I often hear is whether dragonflies help us to connect to our DPs on the Other Side. The short answer is yes.
For example, recently, a lovely gentleman came to see me. He had just lost his wife of 46 years, and said he has been seeing tons of dragonflies! This reminded me of a dragonfly story that someone had sent me years ago, which I have included below.
While the fairies are painting the leaves, “Halloween” is approaching! It’s a day when we can be anything we want to be, yes, even fairies! I have no doubt there will be a few young girls who can’t wait to put on their costumes with “wings” that perhaps mom or grandma created just for this occasion!
I’ve never quite understood why some folks don’t enjoy Halloween but I guess, like with anything, if you had a bad experience on Halloween, it would taint your view. That’s too bad because it’s such a fun time — between bobbing for apples, getting tons of candy, and most importantly dressing up to be anything you want to be! Yes, even a dragonfly.
Enjoy the fun this October.
I will be flying on my broom to Southern California, hope to see many of you there. And Thomas John and I are doing several events in Florida in November – Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Boca. And last I’ll be returning to Roanoke for “Hope for the Holidays.”
Under the lily pads in the muddy water of a pond, there lived a colony of water bugs. They lived a comfortable life in the pond, but once in a while, sadness would come to the colony when one of the water bugs would climb a lily stem and disappear.
Then, one day, one little water bug felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, she was determined she would come back and tell her friends what she had found at the top. When she reached up and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, she was so tired and the sun felt so warm, that she decided she must take a nap.
As she slept, her body changed into a beautiful dragonfly. She spread her wings and flew! And, as she soared, she saw the beauty of a whole new world she had never known existed. Then she remembered her friends. She wanted to go back to tell them that she was now more alive than she had ever been before. But her new body could not go down into the water. She could not get back to tell her friends the good news.
Then she understood that their time would come when they, too, would join her in the sunshine. So she spread her wings and flew off into her joyous new life!